Photos from 1895 – the English Coast line

Staithes

Staithes (Photo credit: David Le Masurier)

Scans of Round the Coast 1895 are freely available from Rosemary & Stan Rodliffeat

http://www.thornburypump.co.uk/Coast1895/   They cover the coast of England and places in Yorkshire for which photos and commentaries are available are: Redcar, Staithes, Runswick, Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Scarborough, Filey, Flamborough, Bridlington and Hull. The commentaries are fascinating because they provide some local history and describe the burgeoning tourist industry.

I love the  original introduction which states:

We have not the least hesitation in placing this work before the English-speaking world, knowing full well that it would almost be impossible to find, throughout the length and breadth of our peerless Empire, a solitary individual who is wholly unacquainted with Margate, and Brighton, and Scarborough.  We love our haunts by the sea; the poorest among us regards his favourite resort pretty much as the rich man does his country seat – as a place of relaxation from the hurly-burly of life, and yet a home withal.  Therefore, we asseverate – and   that without fear of contradiction – that it would be impossible to place upon the table in a British household a more interesting souvenir of happy days than this volume.  It requires no great effort of the imagination to picture a few friends of long standing glancing through this work.  How the eyes brighten at the sight of a familiar spot!  And how vividly the old associations crowd back to the mind – memories of glowing, careless days, that gave new life to the jaded worker, and caused the brain-weary to forget their ineffable  taedium vitae .     

                               

 

 

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Member of the Guild of One Name Studies researching the name CUMPSTON and its variants. You can see my website at www.cumpston.org.uk I have a new study of the name LAXEN with its own blog at https://laxenresearch.wordpress.com/ and a further research blog which is not registered as a one name study of KNAGGS of Flamborough https://knaggsresearch.wordpress.com/
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