Scarborough & Seaside

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The following story was surrounded with great mystery. It was handwritten by a man who lived in an old folks home in Scarborough. One of the carers at that home gave it to the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre. It is exceptionally well written...

As the first seaside resort in Britain, 50 years before Brighton, Scarborough pioneered "bathing machines" for women, who entered the ocean clad in vast garments, helped by servant women, from horse drawn sheds on wheels. Men swam ...

At the beginning of the 21st Century the Marine Drive sea defences were reinforced. During these changes the 'Lady Dock' - a small slipway on the North Bay was built over. Not many people knew what this small archway built into the Marine...

A block of buildings on Scarborough's Sandside has had a remarkable history. Many others along the front would make the transition from mariner's houses, fishermen's cottages and ship builder's workshops into fancy goods shops, ca...

The Marine Drive was the first ever marine carriage drive in the country and was arguably the final and most ambitious project in transforming the town into a modern seaside resort. The Drive, which was constructed primarily as a sea defen...

Local newspapers have been recording events for morethan 150 years. Scarborough and other Yorkshire libraries have good collections of the old papers, often on microfilm. Readers can be booked and research combined with a good deal of entertainme...

Scarborough's seafront Gilbank's Directory of 1855 shows the businesses of the Scarborough Under cliff still more part of the port than the resort .House numbers should be treated with caution as many have changed since. Sandside 1. Wi...

Scarborough has a major fort, an important portand was the first seaside resort. Since the 12th century, the great rock carried a Norman castle, visited by the mediaeval Kings from Henry II to Richard III, who made the port his base for war again...

The healthy plunger was warned, "you could feel aconsiderable shock or chill. A sobbing succeeds, the skin is contracted and feels rough to the hand, a cracking noise is heard, followed by a ringing or whizzing in the ears; On quitting the w...

A book seller called John Cole moved to Scarborough in 1821. His diary recorded some of the delights, awaiting both the resident and the genteel visitor, in those years before the railways brought the crowds. Even in January, there was a "ca...

At one time the economy of Scarborough was very much based upon the sea - fishing boats sold their catches, shipbuilders busy in shipyards, and merchant seamen going from port to port. Nowadays Scarborough relies on tourism - yachtsmen come to en...

Scarborough once had the 3rd largest telescope in Britain   The 15.5 inch f15 Cook refractor telescope was in an observatory built in 1885 on Londesborough Road in Scarborough.  James Wigglesworth (1825-1889), a businessman and a...

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