Hastings pier destroyed (A landmark lost?)

posted on 27th of october, 2010

October saw a sad event in Hastings when the Victorian pier was largely destroyed by fire in the early hours of the 5th. Opened in 1872 it was designed and built by Eugenius Birch who was also responsible for a number of other piers including the west Pier in Brighton (also destroyed by fire a few years back). It had been closed for several years due to safety concerns but, nethertheless, continued to be an elegant landmark on the coastline here.

Since moving to Hastings last year I have taken countless images of the pier throughout the seasons -including a whole series taken underneath, showing the metal sub-structure (ignoring the warning signs that it wasn't safe to walk under it). I missed photographing the main blaze itself but was able to get down there in the afternoon when it was still smouldering and being hosed down by the fire service.

There was already an active local campaign to get the pier restored and reopened and this continues despite the fire. The key is the stability of the metal sub-structure. This is the original (listed) Victorian part of the pier -the wooden buildings on top were added to and changed throughout its 138 year history. I am just hoping the survey goes well and our landmark can be restored. Walking along the seafront now just isn't the same with only a burnt out wreck to look at. Regards, David.

Comments (10)

Posted by Iwhitwo on October 30, 2010
It is tragic when such historic landmarks are lost and I wish the town of Hastings luck in their campaign efforts to have the pier restored. Nice images David.
Posted by Greatsky on October 29, 2010
What a shame !!! I lived in Hastings for 2 years and it was a great landmark. :-(
Posted by Newsfocus1 on October 28, 2010
Thanks for all your kind comments. We are all a bit stunned here at the moment. Regards, David.
Posted by Laurasinelle on October 28, 2010
thats a shame... :(
Posted by Mariaam on October 28, 2010
That´s awful! :(
Posted by Frantab01 on October 28, 2010
what a shame, hopefully it will be restored in the near future :)
Posted by Egomezta on October 27, 2010
Too bad... : (
Posted by Wildmac on October 27, 2010
It's a shame, I hope they can rebuild the pier.
Posted by Sobek85 on October 27, 2010
pity, nice shots thou
Posted by Dmccale on October 27, 2010
thats sad very good photos

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Photo credits: David Fowler.

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