Research Document - Opening Day 5th August 1872

5th August 1872, a bank holiday, was the opening of the Pier
Image reproduced with permission of Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

The opening of the Pier was to be an important development in the history of Hastings as a coastal resort, turning the town into a major attraction for south-east Londoners wanting a good day out beside-the-sea. It was an immediate success, attracting 482,000 people in its first year and 584,000 in the second, much bigger numbers than expected. Especially popular was the band playing every day. Entry to the pier cost 2d, bringing £4,000 income – a sixth of the capital cost – in just 12 months.

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