The English Seaside

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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 ...
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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'.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905624027
  • Publisher: English Heritage
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     6
The natural coast     8
Fishing     10
Lighthouses     16
Time and tide     20
Weather     24
Wrecks     26
Lifeboats     28
War and peace     34
Religion     46
Bathing     52
On the beach     56
Punch and Judy     60
Donkeys     64
Piers     66
Beach huts     76
Cliff lifts     84
Hotels     86
Wooden walls     92
Caravans and chalets     96
Seaside architecture of the 1930s     98
Shelters     102
Telephone kiosks     108
Something to sit on     110
Public conveniences     116
Contemporary seaside sculpture     118
Seaside gardens     122
Model villages     128
Bandstands     130
Amusements     132
Helter-skelters     142
Carousels     146
Golf     148
Food     150
Famous people     162
Palmists andclairvoyants     166
Joke shops     168
A nice cup of tea     170
Staring out to sea     172
Index of places     175
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