The Victorian and Edwardian Seaside
by Janice Anderson and Edmund Swinglehurst
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ISBN Number: 0600391434
Format:
Hardback
Number of Pages:
160
Publication Date:
1978
Publisher:
Country Life Books

The British, notoriously averse to cold water, avoided their own sea shore for many centuries. Then, the mid eighteenth century claim that seawater was good for one, especially if drunk or bathed in, took the fashionable and wealthy from inland spas to seaside watering places. Royal patronage helped: The Prince Regent at Brighton, and George III at those south coast towns which could now proudly add "Regis" after their names, spread the idea that the seaside was there to be enjoyed. Later the paddle steamer and the development of the railway encouraged the invasion of the hitherto genteel seaside resorts by hordes of day trippers in search of amusement away from the industrial city surroundings.

With its carefully researched collection of contemporary prints, photographs, postcards and posters, this book takes the reader on a seaside excursion, tracing the many aspects of how the resorts of Victorian and Edwardian Britain blossomed into lively and wonderfully garish places packed with people intent on enjoyment.

Illustrated with over 200 B/W photographs.

Condition: very good condition in very good dustjacket, with minor edge wear. Click image above to see more detailed view.
 

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