The English seaside

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The English invented the seaside holiday in the 18th century. Here in a poignant, photographic extract from his new book, The English Seaside,  photographer Peter Williams celebrates the peculiar eccentricities and quintessential charms – from helter-skelters to lighthouses, pirates, palmists and Punch and Judy – of this cherished and rapidly changing English landscape

A sign at Padstow, Cornwall

Henry's Beach Shop at Sandown, Isle of Wight

Large 99 Cone - Ramsgate


Donkeys on the beach at Margate

Helter Skelter, Bournemouth Pier

Broadstairs, Kent

Looking towards the pier at Sandown (Isle of Wight)

Tommy Matthews galloping horses carousel, Brighton beach

Professor Jingles at Herne Bay, Kent

The English Seaside by Peter Williams is published by English Heritage on 27 May, priced at £14.99 (paperback) and is available for all good book shops.

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