Fascinating seaside photos reveal the changing beach habits of Britons over past 150 years
Added 06-13-19 03:36:02am EST - “Stunning images of forgotten holidays to Whitstable, Victorian era trips to Blackpool and festivals on the Isle of Wight displayed in Margate chronicle the rise and fall of Britain's coasts.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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The Great British beach holiday has gone from droves of people flocking to the once glamorous coastal cities of Blackpool, Whitstable and Margate to barely a handful arriving for the summer break.
The Victorians began the British seaside holiday, steaming down on trains to towns like Blackpool, Scarborough and Llandudno to enjoy long weekends after bank holidays were created by an 1871 act, and their summer holidays. Britain's seaside towns quickly grew into major tourist attractions.
Brighton saw the construction of an aquarium (1872), museum (1874), first telephone exchange (1882) and electric railway (1883) as it became a popular tourism destination.
Its famous piers were also built in this period. The West Pier, now destroyed, was erected in 1866 as a bandstand and then extended in 1893 to hold a concert hall while the second pier, known as Palace Pier, was opened in 1899. It played host to Charlie Chaplin at the beginning of his career alongside some of the first performances by Stan Laurel.
This trend continued into the 20th century, as Britain's coastal towns continued to lure in weekend and summer visitors by offering holiday park packages, while Trade Unions began building resorts on the coast for their members.
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