Remembering Hastings Pier – photos from 2005 reveal what’s been lost

Archive photos of Hastings Pier, seafront, Hastings, East Sussex, England UK July 2012

I posted a photo report last week showing the tragic state of Hastings Pier, which has been reduced to a burn out shell after a calamitous arson attack in 2010.

Archive photos of Hastings Pier, seafront, Hastings, East Sussex, England UK July 2012

I’d forgotten that I’d taken pictures of the pier on a chilly afternoon in February 2005, but now that I’ve unearthed them, I thought I’d post some up and show what has been lost.

Archive photos of Hastings Pier, seafront, Hastings, East Sussex, England UK July 2012

I was surprised to see that the pier looked in excellent condition, with its building in good repair – even the burger joint was open, despite the freezing weather.

Archive photos of Hastings Pier, seafront, Hastings, East Sussex, England UK July 2012

Check out the rest of the photos here: Hastings Pier 2005 and see the modern view here.