The Pier, Eastbourne
printed on Giclée Epson Semi-Gloss
This elegantly victorianesque pier certainly has a long and checkered history. It was opened in 1870, four years after construction had begun, though it wasn’t completed until 1872. At a length of 300 metres it sits on stilts which rest on cups on the sea floor, allowing a degree of movement in rough weather. The original entrance was swept away in 1877, an exploding mine caused extensive damage in 1942, the thousand seat theatre was ravaged by fire in 1970, and as recently as 2014 fire once again caused massive damage. An unfortunate history by any reckoning! The pier, happily, has been extensively renovated and, looking at the print, one would be hard pressed to see any sign of past misadventure to this stylish construction. The original image was captured on a dull, overcast day and the colours have been deliberately muted to reflect this. The wooden structure in the immediate foreground is a groyne, designed to counter beach erosion by longshore drift. There are many of these groynes running down to the sea in Eastbourne. Enjoy a stroll along the pier.