Sheikh Abid Gulzar, present owner of Hastings Pier. Photo by Sid Saunders SUS-180619-165338001

Hastings Pier: A look back at iconic site’s history in pictures

With the pier due to reopen to the public on Monday (April 1), the Observer takes a look at the attraction’s history through a series of pictures.

Hastings Pier first opened on August 5, 1872 and in its first year was a huge success, attracting more than 480,000 visitors. The pier, since then, has had a tumultuous history, having suffered a fire in 1917 and more recently in 2010, where the structure was almost completely destroyed.

The pier finally opens to the public on April 27, 2016. SUS-160105-095259001
The pier finally opens to the public on April 27, 2016. SUS-160105-095259001
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The pier being rebuilt in April 2015 SUS-190329-114241001
The pier being rebuilt in April 2015 SUS-190329-114241001
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The reconstructed pier starts to take shape in April 2015 SUS-190329-114230001
The reconstructed pier starts to take shape in April 2015 SUS-190329-114230001
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Hastings Pier after the fire. Picture taken on October 10, 2010
Hastings Pier after the fire. Picture taken on October 10, 2010
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