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The English seaside town

The English seaside town

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The English seaside town

There is nothing quite so quintessentially English as seaside towns, be it Blackpool and Scarborough in the North; St. Ives, Padstow, Torquay, Bournemouth and Brighton in the south; or Margate and Southend-on-Sea in the east. (Obviously the list is endless; the selection above were just a few off the top of my head.) Bustling piers and funfairs, the deckchair and the beach hut in summer; and an empty, grey melancholy during winter months. All very English.

Nicholas Benfield

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No English seaside resort is worth its salts without at least one Victorian pier jutting out into the sea. For well over 100 years seaside piers have been attracting tourists of all ages. Architecturally they are stunning. When you walk down a pier it's difficult to escape a certain nostalgic feeling.
John O'Hara


Although the West Pier in Brighton is already listed as an icon, it is seaside piers generally which are so peculiarly English. Eugenius Birch, the engineer of the West Pier actually designed 14 of them, the original Victorian principal purpose of which was to take the sea air while promenading. No other country in the world has seaside piers as we do and inevitably their use has changed in the 140 years they have been around, generating further peculiarly English icons of entertainment. There are too many great piers to be specific as each has its own individuality. It will be a cultural disaster if one by one they allowed to drop into the sea without a fight. There are several notable piers that are in real danger of being lost, through being in the wrong type of ownership, the wrong location or for not having an obvious plausible use. They all need our support, encouragement and expressions of eccentricity, a mark of true Englishness.
Timothy Phillips


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