The history of the Kentish seaside resorts up to World War I
A Local History talk by Ann Kneif
Wednesday 18th April 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
At our April meeting, Ann Kneif talked on the History of Kentish seaside resorts to 1914. Illustrating her talk with a great number of contemporary cartoons and postcards.
Cold seawater baths were recommended by Henry VIII’s own physician in the 16th century, but it was not until the 18th century that the health benefits of seawater and sea air became popular with the wealthy. In 1796 the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital opened in Margate for treating poorer Londoners.
As transport links improved from boats and stagecoaches to railways, so the popularity of the seaside increased. As working people gained more leisure time, so the seaside became enjoyed by all classes and many resorts grew up.
Piers- originally just landing stages- developed into places of entertainment. All sorts were provided for at the seaside, from dancing to donkey rides.
Wednesday 16th May 2018 'AGM followed by Members' Talks