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The English Seaside

Author : Peter Williams
ISBN : STANFORD:36105120013771
Genre : Photography
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There is a powerful sense of place at the seaside. You know what to expect. Fishing villages usually have a pier, boats, lobster pots, and masses of seagulls while resort towns have esplanades, piers, grand hotels and gardens. Certain seaside towns have just about everything: Weymouth, for example, has a grand parade of hotels, a wide esplanade and a small fishing village. Blackpool has more of everything - three piers, miles of hotels, the Tower, Winter Gardens, trams, illuminations - but no fishing and no castle! There is something about the seaside that brings out the beating heart of John Bull in the English: doggedly erecting our wind-breaks to capture every vestige of a watery sun; wrestling with deckchairs; wrapping up against the determined wind on the verandas of our beach huts; accepting that 'sand' in 'sandwich' means just that! But we still love it and nowhere else in the world can match its myriad charms and eccentricities. For too long the English seaside has suffered from bad press, accused of being tatty, cold grey and windswept. Peter Williams' evocative photographs in this fully revised edition of his acclaimed book will make you want to rediscover what a fantastic place the seaside is - full of character, charm and 'Englishness'.
Category: Photography

The British Seaside

Author : John K. Walton
ISBN : 0719051703
Genre : History
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This detailed academic cultural study looks at the rise and fall of the seaside holiday in Britain. John K. Walton offers a broad interpretation of the holidays and resorts, looking at who went, where they went, what they did, and how they were entertained.
Category: History

The English Seaside In Victorian And Edwardian Times

Author : John Hannavy
ISBN : 9780747811916
Genre : History
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Through a collection of coloured holiday photographs covering all the major and several minor resorts around England's coast, linked to selected written commentaries from Charles Dickens and many others, this book celebrates the heyday of the seaside holiday.
Category: History

Seaside 100

ISBN : 1912690845
Genre : Seaside resorts
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Sandcastles, donkeys, piers and sticks of rock. Beach huts, paddle steamers, promenade shelters and ice cream cones. Our modern seaside is the sum of its parts and all those parts have their history. This book explores the best-loved features of our favourite holiday destinations, each object and building adding its own layer to the story of our shared seaside heritage. Using a mixture of historic images and modern photographs the book takes a roughly chronological journey through the things that have made our seaside distinctive. The places where we have chosen to take our holidays for the past three hundred years have been transformed from mere stretches of coastline but they are not like inland towns. Inside these pages can be found a celebration of all that makes our seaside special.
Category: Seaside resorts

Beside The Seaside

Author : Ian Walker
ISBN : 1783964820
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The British seaside town. An institution. Built for pure pleasure. Bathing, gossiping, promenading. Strange, unreal, dreamlike. Now so often faded and tatty - but on the cusp of new era. Ian Walker grew up in a seaside town and felt he had to escape its clutches. But he, like so many of us, is often drawn back the sandy edges of England: the Fawlty Towers of Torquay, the golden sands of Whitley Bay, Brighton's Royal Palace; fish, funfairs and affairs; ports, postcards and donkeys; mobility scooters, mods and Agatha Christie; sandy feet, sewage and the slot machine. Combining personal odyssey and sparkling social history, Beside the Seaside explores the places built for summertime joy - and how they're not always as innocent as they seem. It is the story of how we went on holiday, of Regency fops and vanishing fishermen, of lovers and gangsters, of faded industries and resorts reborn. Featuring: Scarborough * Brighton * Teignmouth * Torquay * Margate * Blackpool * Morecambe * Skegness * Clacton * Great Yarmouth * Felixstowe * Jaywick * Morecambe * Whitley Bay *Lowestoft * Hastings * Blackpool * Brighton - and more...

The Architecture Of British Seaside Piers

Author : Fred Gray
ISBN : 9781785007149
Genre : Architecture
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Of all the architectural delights of British seaside resorts, the most astonishing and idiosyncratic is the seaside pier. Remarkable visual spectacles, piers are architecturally extraordinary in concept and at times outrageous in execution. They brought together the Victorian genius for technological and material innovation, architectural ambition and engineering ingenuity in the search for new designs for leisure (as well as profit) over the sea. This superbly illustrated book explores the history of the design processes leading to the architectural and engineering innovations that have allowed people to walk on water in such diverse and delightful ways. Coverage includes the development of piers into the crowning architectural glory of British seaside resorts; the key people, materials, inventions and technologies in the field, particularly the work of Eugenius Birch, the greatest pier designer; the remarkable diversity of piers ranging from the earliest simple landing stages, through staid promenade piers and the glories of fully-fledged pleasure piers, to the boisterous joys of funfair and amusement piers; the rich variety of architectural styles, including exotic 'Orientalism' and streamlined Modernism and, finally, today's contemporary prospects for renewal and reinvention.
Category: Architecture

The Rise Of The Devon Seaside Resorts 1750 1900

Author : John F. Travis
ISBN : 0859893928
Genre : History
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The first comprehensive study of the emergence of Devon's seaside resorts. Relating the development of these resorts to the wider processes of social and economic change, it explains why early tourists were drawn to the remote Devon coast and shows how fishing villages were transformed into fashionable watering places. Themes covered include bathing rituals and sea-water drinking, health cures and cholera epidemics, sophisticated amusements and improving recreations, paddle-steamers and excursion trains.
Category: History

Power And Politics At The Seaside

Author : Nigel Morgan
ISBN : 0859895718
Genre : Business & Economics
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"Power and politics at the seaside ... opens by locating tourism within the wider leisure experience, addressing the seaside holiday as a historical and sociological phenomenon. It examines the ability of the local state to shape resort development through advertising, facility provision and transport policies. The book contests that politics and power relations are central to the development of the modern seaside resort."--Jacket.
Category: Business & Economics

The British Seaside

Author : Lucinda Gosling
ISBN : 9781473862173
Genre : History
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Drawing on the archives of Mary Evans Picture Library, Images of the Past The British Seaside is a nostalgic promenade through the history of Britains seaside resorts from their early genesis as health destinations to their glorious, mid-20th century heyday, subsequent decline and recent regeneration.British coastal resorts developed during a period of vast expansion and social change. Within a century, the bathing phenomenon changed from a cautiously modest immersion in the sea to a pastime that prompted the building of vast art deco temples dedicated to the cult of swimming. Once quiet fishing villages mushroomed into bustling seafronts with every conceivable amusement and facility to entice visitors and secure their loyalty for future visits. Where transport to the coast may have once been via coach and horses or boat, soon thousands of working class day-trippers flooded seaside towns, arriving by the rail network that had so quickly transformed the British landscape. This fascinating book follows these shifts and changes from bathing machines to Butlins holiday camps, told through a compelling mix of photographs, cartoons, illustrations and ephemera with many images previously unpublished.Covering every aspect of the seaside experience whether swimming and sunbathing or sand castles and slot machines The British Seaside reveals the seasides traditions, rich heritage and unique character in all its sandy, sunny, fun-packed glory.
Category: History

Modernism On Sea

Author : Lara Feigel
ISBN : 1906165246
Genre : Design
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"Considers avant-garde art, architecture, film, literature and music, from the early twentieth-century to the present, setting the arrival of modernism against the background of seaside tradition."--Back cover.
Category: Design

Managing Coastal Tourism Resorts

Author : Sheela Agarwal
ISBN : 9781845410728
Genre : Business & Economics
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Drawing on examples from a range of economies and environments, this text develops a global perspective on the management issues facing coastal resorts. The main management themes highlighted include the processes of restructuring, and attempts to develop sustainable agendas.
Category: Business & Economics

The Georgian Seaside

Author : Louise Allen
ISBN : 153052492X
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Long before the Victorians the Georgian elite made the English seaside their playground Discover the invention of the English seaside holiday in the days when royalty was ruthlessly dunked beneath the waves, when lodging houses catered for dukes and where resort visitors ranged from dying consumptives to marriageable misses to scandalous rakes - and the Prince Regent at his most outrageous. From the origins of sea bathing in the 16th century to the pinnacle of sophisticated Assembly Rooms, hotels and bathing establishments, this book charts the rise of the English seaside resorts before the arrival of the railways in the 1840s heralded the arrival of mass tourism and changed the way the English took their holidays for ever. Long before the Victorians every English county with a coastline had its resort with piers, sandcastles on the beach, donkey rides, sea bathing, souvenirs and the seaside landlady - this is the story of how, and why, they grew.

British Seaside Piers

Author : Anthony Wills
ISBN : UCSD:31822041283151
Genre : Architecture
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The seaside pier is perhaps the most iconic symbol of the British holiday resort and for many of us it is the epitome of excursions to the seaside. No two piers are the same, ranging as they do from the clear uncluttered deck to elaborately structured pavilions, from amusement arcades to the landing stages and theatres that were the highlight of pier life in the early part of the last century. Founded in 1979 under Sir John Betjeman, the National Piers Society serves to celebrate the pier, raise it in our consciousness and educate us on preservation, conservation and the economic benefits for seaside towns of a functioning pier. Published to mark the bicentenary of the opening of the first public pier in 1814, at Ryde on the Isle of Wight, this book with contributions from experts within English Heritage and the NPS tells the fascinating story of the Victorian origins of piers, discusses the engineering and architectural challenges imposed by varying climatic and tidal conditions, and the instrumental role of the railways in stimulating pier construction. The core of the book is a complete gazetteer of all piers which the public can visit around the coast of Britain with details of their location, history and current operations, and a variety of historical and contemporary illustrations. Whether your summer invariably includes visits to the coast or you enjoy the vicarious pleasure of the seaside from a winter armchair, this book is an essential companion for all who admire and value Britain's rich seaside heritage.
Category: Architecture

England S Seaside Resorts

Author : Allan Brodie
ISBN : PSU:000062644969
Genre : Architecture
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All stretches of the coastline, and all sizes of resorts, are featured in this title, and have been studied to explain what gives England's seaside towns their special character.
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Author : Jo Carruthers
ISBN : 3030447790
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Sandscapes: Writing the British Seaside reflects on the unique topography of sand, sandscapes, and the seaside in British culture and beyond. This book brings together creative and critical writings that explore the ways sand speaks to us of holidays and respite, but also of time and mortality, of plenitude and eternity. Drawing together writers from a range of backgrounds, the volume explores the environmental, social, personal, cultural, and political significance of sand and the seaside towns that have built up around it. The contributions take a variety of forms including fiction and nonfiction and cover topics ranging from sand dunes to sand mining, from seaside stories to shoreline architecture, from sand grains to global sand movements, from narratives of the setting up of bed and breakfasts to stories of seaside decline. Often a symbol of aridity, sand is revealed in this book to be an astonishingly fertile site for cultural meaning.
Category: Literary Criticism