Beside the Seaside (Paperback)
A History of Yorkshire's Seaside Resorts
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”.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Eileen Hall
I loved this work!
A great reminiscence of a book covering the history of the seaside resorts of Yorkshire during those innocent days of fish and chips and candy floss, sadly disappearing from resorts these day.
Having got no further than York and Harrogate, I intend to visit these lovely seaside towns before long.
Read it before the soul goes out of them.
Very highly recommended.
Really enjoyed this one. Very different from my usual fare of nonfiction- history. The author had a very readable style. Definitely learned a lot. I feel like traveling to these places again after this read. Strongly recommend!NetGalley, reviewed by Thomas Lambe
Lovely book about the history of Yorkshire's seaside resorts.NetGalley, reviewed by Rory Cordell
If you have fond memories of childhood bucket and spade holidays or if you wish you did, you'll enjoy this.
Well researched and presented.NetGalley, reviewed by Amy Parker
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Jenni Edward
The book was a pleasant read mixing history and anecdotal comments to keep my interest. I'd recommend the book wholeheartedly.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Ellesse Oakes
Full of information you wouldn’t find out on a typical trip to the seaside I’d definitely recommend the book if you are visiting the area and want to know more or if you simply wish to learn more about the fascinating history of the Yorkshire coast.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Deborah White
Overall, I'd recommend this interesting book to anyone curious about how the Yorkshire coast resorts developed over the years.
Images of the Past: The British Seaside (Paperback)
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…By Lucinda Gosling
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