The Rise of the Devon Seaside Resorts, 1750-1900

John Travis

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ISBN: 9780859893923

Publication: December 1, 1993

Series: Exeter Maritime Studies

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The first comprehensive study of the emergence of Devon's seaside resorts. Relating the development of these resorts to the wider processes of social and economic change, it explains why early tourists were drawn to the remote Devon coast and shows how fishing villages were transformed into fashionable watering places. Themes covered include bathing rituals and sea-water drinking, health cures and cholera epidemics, sophisticated amusements and improving recreations, paddle-steamers and excursion trains.

John Travis has written and lectured on many aspects of Devon’s history, but is perhaps best known for his books on the rise of the Devon seaside resorts, the history of smuggling on the Exmoor coast and on early Lynton and Lynmouth. After being awarded a PhD from the University of Exeter, he became a lecturer in social history.

List of Tables List of Maps List of Plates Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Early Beginnings: South Devon Resorts, 1750-1788 2. A Delayed Start: A North Devon Resort, 1770-1788 3. 'Overflowing with Fashionables': South Devon Resorts, 1789-1815 4. Remote and Little-known: North Devon Resorts, 1789-1815 5. Trade Declines: South Devon Resorts, 1816-1843 6. New Openings: North Devon Resorts, 1816-1843 7. The Railway Brings New Visitors: South Devon Resorts, 1844-1900 8. Recession and Revival: North Devon Resorts, 1844-1900 9. Health at the Devon Resorts, 1844-1900 10. Recreations at the Devon Resorts, 1844-1900 Conclusion List of Principal Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index

Travis has produced a valuable study relevant to both the history of leisure and maritime history in its widest sense.
  The Northern Mariner

... this lucid and enjoyably written book, which is spiced throughout by the author's eye for the telling example and wittily pointed anecdote.
John K. Walton   Mariner's Mirror

Format: Hardback

Size: 229 x 150 mm

256 Pages

ISBN: 9780859893923

Publication: December 1, 1993

Series: Exeter Maritime Studies

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