Around 1990 as part of a college project, I spent some time creating art based on Hastings pier. I have scanned in what remains for posterity, in the light of the recent fire which destroyed the pier (see this news article: Hastings pier destroyed by fire and Reclaiming the seafront: How to save Hastings pier). I apologise for the poor quality of the scans (just done on my cheap home 3-in-1 scanner printer!) – and that is on top of the artwork degrading over time.

I think I was studying the pier at the time when it needed some renovations – I remember their being a hole in the old wooden promenade and I think they had to close the pier or at least some parts of it for a time due to the holes – one of the photos is looking up through the hole, and one of the sketches includes the hole from above. Also the photo of the sign says ‘pier still open’ which gives an indication of the overall situation. Unfortunately today after the fire, virtually none of the pier remains.



Pencil etching of a step on Hastings pier

Pencil etching of a step on Hastings pier




Sign on Hastings pier

Sign on Hastings pier – photo




Photo of hole in pier promenade looking up

Photo of hole in pier promenade looking up – photo




Clock inside the entrance of Hastings pier

Clock inside the entrance of Hastings pier – pencil sketch from photo projection




Hastings pier from high vantage point on road opposite

Hastings pier from high vantage point on road opposite – pencil sketch from photo projection