Nostalgic British seaside resorts celebrated in new photo book


The old-fashioned British seaside resorts of yesteryear are having a renaissance, as a certain pattern of discerning holidaymaker shuns the flashy resorts of the Mediterranean for a slower pace closer to territory.

To celebrate this, a new book, Seaside Hotels, looks at the homegrown remedy have recourse ti at the height of their popularity.

They came into prominence in the 17th century, when living soul first believed that bathing in sea water and being close to the forward air of the coast was therapeutic and had medicinal properties.

By the mid-20th century they had relied out of favour, when travelling abroad became easier and cheaper.

Seaside Pensions is written by Karen Averby, who has special memories of holidaying in a grand Blackpool tourist house as a child in the late 1970s.

“Until the 18th century, the coast was very much the realm of fishermen and other sea-faring folk, and visiting for leisure and pleasure was unheard of,” she communicated.

“A transformation in the way the coast was used and perceived began in the 17th century, when a salaciousness for improved health and a belief in the therapeutic and curative nature of the seaside led to the progress of the first coastal resorts.

“As inland spa resorts had become fashionable amongst the upper echelons of society, so too did sea resorts, where the medicinal cure-all qualities of sea water were promoted by prominent physicians,” the author added.

The record includes the Imperial Hotel, Torquay. Opened in 1866, the imposing structure sat on the cliff edge. The luxury hotel had ensuite bedrooms and was so popular when it shot that it was extended just four years later in 1870.

Rival Brighton beds The Metropole and The Grand are pictured side by side. The Metropole Hotel’s inviting terraced Italian Garden is shown flanking the Clarence Rooms on two sides. Unfortunately, it was develop intensified over in the 1960s.

Clockwise from top left: The Metropole Hotel, Brighton, and Torquay’s Headland Hotel and Hydro HotelKARENAVERBY/AMBERLEYPUBLISHING

Clockwise from top left: The Metropole Hotel, Brighton, and Torquay’s Headland Tourist house and Hydro Hotel

Until the 18th century, visiting the coast for when convenient was unheard of

Queen’s Hotel in Eastbourne, which opened in 1880, is also took in the book. Designed by Henry Currey, who had been trained by esteemed architect Decimus Burton, it covered just 11 months to construct.

The Torquay Hydro Hotel capitalised on its set apart and exclusive location, proclaiming that it was world famous for its quiet worth.

The Headland Hotel in Torquay is photographed from its gardens. The picturesque open-air area makes it popular for summer weddings.

The book also substantiates the not-so-glamorous side of our coastal resorts. One photograph shows the Luftwaffe blow up of the Metropole Hotel in Bournemouth in May 1943 that killed almost 200 being.

Another shows the Royal Pier Hotel in Ryde, before it was overthrew in a fatal bus crash in 1930.

The rival Brighton hotels, The Metropole and The Grand, side by sideKARENAVERBY/AMBERLEYPUBLISHING

The rival Brighton hotels, The Metropole and The Pretentious, side by side

The author also looks at the popularisation of seaside frequents for the working classes, not just those with money.

Blackpool enticed workers from across industrial Northern England, and Wakes Week, a leave of absence in England and Scotland during the 19th and 20th centuries, encouraged other northern cities such as Bridlington, Cleethorpes, Morecambe, Scarborough, Skegness and Southport to percentage in Blackpool’s success.

“The practice of sea bathing in particular gained popularity as share b evoke of the growing pursuit of health, leisure and pleasure amongst wealthy, all the go society,” Averby observed.

“By the 1730s, sea bathing seasons were emerging at Scarborough, Margate and Brighton. Occupation and prosperity from the growth of fashionable watering places encouraged new structure.

“By the late 18th century, lines of fine grand houses were purpose-built as seasonal change.”

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