The British Seaside

Luci Gosling

Date Published :
July 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Images Of The Past
Illustration :
175 illustrations
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ISBN : 9781473862159
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.5 X 7.5 inches
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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 Britain’s 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 Butlin’s 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camps, told through a compelling mix of photographs, cartoons, illustrations and ephemera with many images previously unpublished.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 seaside’s traditions, rich heritage and unique character in all its sandy, sunny, fun-packed glory.

About The Author

Lucinda Gosling studied history at the University of Liverpool and has worked in the picture library for 23 years, most recently at historical specialist, Mary Evans Picture Library. She is a writer and public speaker, contributing to various publications including History Today, Tatler and Majesty and is author of over ten books on a wide variety of subjects from historic London to Great War knitting.


"This is an absolutely magnificent stroll down memory lane, packed with brilliant photographs of how the British people discovered and relished their holidays and trips to the seaside around Britain. There must be hundreds of thousands of such photographs in archives, in people's collections - I hope Pen and Sword can find more to publish in subsequent volumes! Truly breathtaking and hugely enjoyable."

- Books Monthly

A splendid collection of nostalgic images dating back more than a century.

- Evergreen, Winter 2017

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