The English Seaside
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        15 Feb 2013

        Summary

        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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        Main Summary

          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’.

          Additional Information

          Author

          Peter Williams

          Author Information

          Peter Williams has recently retired from English Heritage where he was a photographer. He is a devoted enthusiast of the seaside.

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          246mm

          Number of Illustrations

          616

          Number of Pages

          208

          ISBN

          9781848021259

          Contents

            Foreword by John K Walton

            Introduction by Peter Williams

            The natural coast

            Fishing

            Lighthouses

            Time and tide

            Weather

            Lifeboats

            War and peace

            Religion

            Bathing

            On the beach

            Punch and Judy

            Donkeys

            Piers

            Beach huts

            Cliff lifts

            Hotels

            Wooden walls

            Caravans and chalets

            Seaside architecture of the 1930s

            Shelters

            Telephone Kiosks

            Something to sit on

            Contemporary seaside sculpture

            Public conveniences

            Seaside gardens

            Model villages

            Amusements

            Helter-skelters

            Carousels

            Golf

            Food

            Famous people

            Palmists and clairvoyants

            Joke shops

            Pirates, smugglers and wreckers

            Signage

            Wind farms

            Art galleries and museums

            Contemporary buildings

            A nice cup of tea

            Staring out to sea

            Acknowledgements

            Index of places

            Reviews

              It tells the story almost entirely in photographs after a foreword, and captures well the atmosphere of seaside towns, whether sedate or raucous, their views, amenities and curious quirks.
              Mark Smulian
              Journal of the Islington Archaeology & History Society, Summer 2014