In the country, holidaymakers were a rarity. The railways could take you almost anywhere, but it was only the middle classes who went. So there were no crowds, and many of our pictures show tourist hotspots before they were hot, before there was any such thing as a car park.
The text provides local knowledge and background to the photographs and is an enjoyable read in itself, but the real pleasure is in seeing Brighton, Margate, Scarborough, Broadstairs, Clovelly, Ilfracombe, Minehead, before it all happened. See Exmoor, the White Peak, Somerset, when the loudest noise was the click of the camera shutter.
I really enjoyed reading this book and looking at the images that have been selected to tell and illustrate the story by the author.
I am a massive fan of the Victorian era and I found that “Holidays in Victorian England” is a fascinating book and it was great to be able to look back in time. The focus on the book is mainly on some of the resorts that were busy during that period, such as Brighton, Scarborough, Broadstairs, Clovelly, Ilfracombe and Minehead.
It was interesting to see what these locations were like as towns before the masses arrived with the introduction of the railways, which made it much easier for them to travel to the coast which changed the areas dramatically and made them much more commercial in later years.
I do really enjoy books of this nature and I thought that this one was great, it is 3.5 stars from me for this one, rounded up to 4 stars for Goodreads and Amazon.