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The Great British Seaside Gallery

Oh I do Like to Be Beside the Seaside; for decades British holidaymakers have flocked to the coast.

Since the early 18th century, when some of the wealthiest people first sought improved health by bathing in saltwater, the lure of the sea has been a part of the British way of life. Many seaside towns boast a tradition that stretches back to the coming of the railways in the Victorian period and some of them even earlier. Seaside holidays in Britain were in their heyday in the post war years of the 50’s and 60’s. It was the ultimate summer destination for most working-class families. Where they went mostly depended on where they lived; people from the north were more likely to go to places like Blackpool or Scarborough, whereas people from the south might choose Brighton, Southend or Margate. This is a collection of heartwarming nostalgic images featuring the British seaside; pebbly shores, deckchairs on the piers, bathing huts, fish and chips wrapped up in newspaper, and tasty ice creams.

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Waiting for customers Featured The Great British Seaside Image

Waiting for customers

Empty deckchairs lined up on the beach at Southend-on-Sea. Southend pier, the longest in the world, can be seen in the distance. Vintage textures and overlays have been added for an aged effect


Beachy Head and Lighthouse Featured The Great British Seaside Image

Beachy Head and Lighthouse

A profile of the Beachy Head Lighthouse. Beachy Head is a series of cliffs along the southdowns coastal path in East Sussex close to Eastbourne and is a renowned suicide hotspot

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The Storms Of Whitby Featured The Great British Seaside Image

The Storms Of Whitby

The Storm family of Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, circa 1895. They are Thomas, Reuben, Mathew, Spy the dog and Issac, a farmer who is also cox of the lifeboat. (Photo by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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