By Ron Fellows
Eugenius Birch designed the 138-year-old Hastings Pier, badly burnt on Monday night, 4th October 2010. The Earl of Granville opened it on the Bank Holiday, 5th.August 1872 and hailed it as the “peerless pier a pier without a pier.” The Pier suffered another fire in 1917, which burnt down a spectacular Pavilion. At the outbreak of World War Two, both the Hastings and the St Leonards piers were cut in the middle and the first part that joined the Promenade removed, amid fears of a Nazi invasion. Hastings Council owned the first part of the pier, which joins the Promenade. In later years the pier was sold to the Pier Company.
I would like to see all the debris cleared away, then attend to the iron supports, making them safe and strong, so they could rebuild on top of the pier. The Pier postcards are from Ron Fellows Collection.
“Hastings Town” November 2010
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