Over the past three years, photographer Simon Roberts has dedicated his time to completing a comprehensive survey of Britain’s Pleasure Piers. His findings are being exhibited on Hastings Pier, titled Pierdom.
Constructed during the Victorian era, piers were a way of accommodating the needs of day-trippers, looking to escape the smog of cities.
At the turn of the 20th century, the British coastline boasted over 100 piers, with only 58 remaining to this day. Some were destroyed by relentless weather and fires, but many were dismantled, during the Second World War, to prevent German landings.
Simon Roberts has said the aim of Pierdom is to address the historical significance of these piers, in comparison with their modern interpretation and functionality.