Research Document - The Construction of Hastings Pier

This illustration, showing the first pile for Hastings Pier being screwed into the seabed at 3am on the 18th December 1869, was by Frank Robinson and was reproduced in the Hastings Advertiser on 16 July 1917.

The design of Hastings Pier by the imaginative and highly competent Eugenius Birch was seminal in some ways: it was the first British pier to have a grand pavilion, and the first to have it included as an integral part of the design. Until then, Pier entertainment had been limited to a band playing in a small bandstand exposed to wind and rain, but the new Hastings Pier showed that concerts, musicals and plays could be performed in comfort – and profitably. Many other piers would soon follow the example set by Hastings.

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