Beside the Seaside: A History of Yorkshire's Seaside Resorts

Beside the Seaside: A History of Yorkshire's Seaside Resorts

by John Heywood


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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 travelers 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”.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526704641
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 12/21/2018
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Heywood is an experienced professional local historian, writer and speaker living in West Yorkshire. With a passion for history stretching back over forty years his most recent well acclaimed book ‘Beside the Seaside’ told the story of Yorkshire’s East Coast holiday resorts. He is a regular contributor to several history and nostalgia magazines and has recently collaborated on a book and exhibition examining the home-front in Wakefield during the Great War. Away from writing John loves being by the coast and walking.

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