Research document - An Early Pier Timeline with Local Newspapers Headlines

This early photograph of the Pier shows Victorians indulging in the simple pleasure of promenading: walking out in the latest fashions, to see and be seen as well as meet and greet.

Pier Piles -The Hastings News of 25/03/1870 The first cargo of iron works for the pier had arrived at Whitstable harbour. For more than a week the heavy screw piles had been hauled to the Parade at White Rock and stacked ready for use.

Submarine Forest – The Hastings News of 21/07/1871 A large iron pile for the new pier-head hit a hard object and broke the large screw. It was a large oak trunk, three feet widest, 24 feet long, weight about 2 tons. “The pier-head is evidently in the very heart of the forest, as several smaller trees have already been taken up, and many others are scattered about.” The new saloon is almost completed and will be the biggest room in the borough.

Hastings Pier Charity Volunteer

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