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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.

Choose from 871 pictures in our The Great British Seaside collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. All professionally made for Quick Shipping.


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

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Brighton Holiday Beach 1928 Featured The Great British Seaside Image

Brighton Holiday Beach 1928

9th April 1928: Warmly dressed Easter holidaymakers on Brighton beach. Row boats are pulled up on the steep shingle. (Photo by Walter Bellamy/London Express/Getty Images)

3325970, Black And, Black And White, British, England, English, Europe, Format Landscape, Hol, Holidays, House, Lex 719 Box 32, Row Boat, Vessel, White

Clevedon Pier Sunset Featured The Great British Seaside Image

Clevedon Pier Sunset

A 3 second shot showing Clevedon Pier on the SW coast of the UK at Sunset. The official opening of Clevedon pier was held on Easter Monday, 29th March 1869. For twenty years Clevedon pier provided a new, fast route over to South Wales

© Paul C Stokes

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