You are here: Home>Time period Time period Victorian (137)Pictures of Hastings Pier covered by the period from 20th June 1837 to 22nd January 1901. Hastings Pier first opened in 1872, during the Victorian era. Queen Victoria was the Queen of England from 1837 to 1901. The construction of the pier started with the first pile being driven into the sea bed at 3am on 18th December 1869. Edwardian (150)Pictures of Hastings Pier covered by the period from 23rd January 1901 to 28th July 1914. During this time Hastings was a smart, prosperous seaside town. The Joy Wheel and the Bowling Alley were added to entertain the crowds. WW1 (69)Pictures of Hastings Pier covering the period from 28th July 1914 to 11th November 1918. In 1914 the bandstand and shelters were added to the pier apron, and 1917 saw the pier’s first major fire, destroying the original Pavilion. 1920s (64)Pictures of Hastings Pier in the 1920s show the beginning of Borough Engineer Sidney Little’s improvements to the town’s seafront, when the White Rock Pavilion opened and the world’s first underground car park was under construction. 1930s (84)1930s pictures show Hastings Pier in the town’s heyday, with music, dancing, performance troupes, brilliant illuminations and night swimming, and the new Bottle Alley open on the seafront. WWII (25)Pictures of Hastings Pier covered by the WWII period, from 1st September 1939 to 2nd September 1945. In 1940 Hastings became a military area on alert against Nazi invasion and in 1943 the middle section of the Pier was removed as a defence measure. 1940s (44)During the continuing austerity after WWII, Hastings Pier played an important role in raising people’s spirits as normality slowly returned, with military bands, tea dances, and theatrical performances by Harry Hanson's Court Players. 1950s (68)During the 1950s Hastings Borough Council produced colourful brochures to promote Hastings as a glamorous resort. Fishing was a popular pastime. 1960s (69)Many famous and local singers and bands played on Hastings Pier. Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett played his last ever show with the band on the pier in 1968. 1970s (96)In the 1970s the Pier remained an important venue for rock concerts and offered a theatre, concert hall, bingo, amusement arcades, angling facilities, bars, a speedboat, steamer trips, kiosks, refreshment rooms and even a zoo. 1980s (46)In the 1980s the Pier was no longer making money and was in need of serious repair. The owners tried to keep visitors coming with an amusement arcade, children’s funfair, shops and special events. 1990s (32)Families and visitors could still have fun during the 1990's but unfortunately Hastings Pier’s substructure was no longer being maintained and it fell into serious decline. At the end of the decade it was declared unsafe and was closed to the public. 2000–2018 (384)The devastating fire of 2010 galvanised public support, resulting in major funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the damage and create a 21st century pier. 2018 - Present (13)The Pier moved into private ownership in June 2018 following a period of administration.