This splendid Victorian pier designed by Eugenius Birch was opened in 1872.

In the early hours of 5th October 2010 fire swept through the pier destroying 95% of the superstructure.

On that night the heat from the fire was very intense, sparks flew everywhere and the sea turned to blood.

Painted by Dr Richard Baines







“ Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” -Edgar Degas

Richard Baines

A Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Art & Design and Past President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, a painter, engraver, lecturer, writer, broadcaster and critic.

Now retired from 34 years as a full-time lecturer at the London College of Fashion he spends much of his time painting, trying to capture the beauty of the wonderful countryside around Fairlight, East Sussex – especially the remarkable changes to the landscape when it snows.