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Beside the Seaside (Paperback)

A History of Yorkshire's Seaside Resorts

Local History Yorkshire and Humberside More History

By John Heywood
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781526704641
Published: 31st January 2018

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Almost all of us have happy memories of excursions and holidays spent beside the sea. For many, these will have included the Yorkshire coast which runs unbroken for more than one hundred miles between the two great rivers, the Tees and the Humber. Within those boundaries are the popular seaside resorts of Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington as well as numerous smaller and quieter but equally well-loved destinations. How did the love affair with the area start and how did it develop? Over the years, all the ingredients for the perfect holiday are there - the spas, the sea and sun bathing, board and lodgings, entertainment and just as importantly, the journeys there and back. “Beside the Seaside” takes a detailed but entertaining look back at the history of these resorts over the last four hundred years and asks, “what does the future hold?” Packed with information, this book is fully illustrated with photographs, old and new, together with paintings and etchings. Coupled with the thoughts and memories of tourists and travellers from the 17th century through to the present time, it gives a fascinating insight into how our ancestors would have spent their time at the coast.

Evocative and intriguing, absorbing and surprising, John Heywood’s book will appeal both to those familiar with the area and to others who just enjoy being “Beside the Seaside”.

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About John Heywood

John Heywood is an experienced professional family and local historian living in West Yorkshire. He has had a passion for history for over forty years. His most recent book Silent Witnesses told the story of those men from the village of Horbury who paid the ultimate price during the Great War.

Along with his wife Jenny, John takes great pleasure in being by the coast and as such, researching this book has been a real labour of love.

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