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The English Seaside

Front cover for The English Seaside

Second Edition

Paperback by Peter Williams


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  • New edition of this successful photographic record of the English seaside
  • Contains stunning new photography

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'.


  1. The natural coast
  2. Fishing
  3. Lighthouses
  4. Time and tide
  5. Weather
  6. Wrecks
  7. Lifeboats
  8. War and peace
  9. Religion
  10. Bathing
  11. On the beach
  12. Punch and Judy
  13. Donkeys
  14. Piers
  15. Beach Huts
  16. Cliff lifts
  17. Hotels
  18. Wooden walls
  19. Caravans and chalets
  20. Seaside architecture of the 1930s
  21. Shelters
  22. Telephone kiosks
  23. Something to sit on
  24. Contemporary seaside sculpture
  25. Public conveniences
  26. Model villages
  27. Amusements
  28. Helter-skelters
  29. Carousels
  30. Golf
  31. Food
  32. Famous people
  33. Palmists and clairvoyants
  34. Joke shops
  35. Pirates, smugglers and wreckers
  36. Signage
  37. Wind farms
  38. Art galleries and museums
  39. Contemporary buildings
  40. A nice cup of tea
  41. Staring out to sea

Additional Information

  • Printed Price: £14.99
  • Series: Illustrated History
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Format: Paperback
  • Physical Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Pages: 208
  • Illustration: 616, Colour and b&w
  • Product Code: 51754
  • ISBN: 9781848021259


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English Seaside

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  • Weymouth Beach, Dorset
  • Transportable helter-skelter at Tankerton Slopes, Kent
  • Beach huts, Blyth, Northumberland
  • Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth
  • The Huer's Hut or House, Newquay, Cornwall
  • The Deep, Submarium, Hull
  • 'Jabba the Hut' at Mablethorpe
  • Red-painted landmark at Porthgwara, Gwennap Head, St Levan, Cornwall
  • View of Barnoon Cemetery, St Ives, Cornwall
  • Fishing boats on the Stade at Hastings
  • The Tommy Matthews Galloping Horses on the beach at Brighton
  • A small fishing boat on the beach at Worthing, West Sussex

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