Foreword by John K Walton Introduction by Peter Williams The natural coast Fishing Lighthouses Time and tide Weather Lifeboats War and peace Religion Bathing On the beach Punch and Judy Donkeys Piers Beach huts Cliff lifts Hotels Wooden walls Caravans and chalets Seaside architecture of the 1930s Shelters Telephone Kiosks Something to sit on Contemporary seaside sculpture Public conveniences Seaside gardens Model villages Amusements Helter-skelters Carousels Golf Food Famous people Palmists and clairvoyants Joke shops Pirates, smugglers and wreckers Signage Wind farms Art galleries and museums Contemporary buildings A nice cup of tea Staring out to sea Acknowledgements Index of places
Peter Williams has recently retired from English Heritage where he was a photographer. He is a devoted enthusiast of the seaside.
It tells the story almost entirely in photographs after a foreword, and captures well the atmosphere of seaside towns, whether sedate or raucous, their views, amenities and curious quirks. -- Mark Smulian * Journal of the Islington Archaeology & History Society, Summer 2014 *