You are here: Home>Time period Time period Victorian (136)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 31st December 1910. During this time Hastings was a smart prosperous seaside town. WW1 (69)Pictures of Hastings Pier covered by the period from 28th July 1914 to 11th November 1918 including pictures of the pier’s first major fire in 1917 which destroyed the original Pavilion. Lovely photographs of the bandstand with crowds of people. The Joy Wheel and the Bowling Alley were added to entertain the crowds. 1920s (64)The heyday of Hastings Pier with bands performing in the bandstand and paddle steamer trips from the landing stage. 1930s (84)Plans for proposed alterations and tea dances in the ballroom. Illuminations along the seafront. Hastings had a major makeover in the 1930s, when Sidney Little, the Concrete King, built extensive underground garages along the front to make Hastings more suitable for the motoring age. WWII (25)Pictures of Hastings Pier covered by the period from 1st September 1939 and 2nd September 1945. 1940s (44)Military bands played on Hastings Pier after the war and there were tea dances and fashion shows. 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)The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Genesis, Tom Jones, Ten Years After, and Pink Floyd all played on Hastings Pier. 1980s (46)Amusements and events tried to keep visitors coming to the pier, but like many seaside towns, Hastings declined as package holidays abroad became increasingly popular. 1990s (32)Hastings Pier suffered financial set-backs and fell into severe decline during the 90s. 2000s (373)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.