Britain's First Seaside Resort

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In our document archive we hold a copy of 'The Adshead Report', dated 1938. How would you respond if you were asked by the Town Hall to decide which buildings and amenities in Scarborough should be demolished? What would you like to se...

The sea water bathing movement favoured early morning immersion before the waters could warm up. Floyer’s essay to prove cold bathing safe and useful ran to five editions in c1702. Settrington’s engraving of the Scarboro...

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 ...

John Rushton MBE (1927-2013) was a local historian and founding member of the SMHC. He carried out extensive research into the town and port. The eleven 'position papers' that follow show that work. John was in his 80s when he wrote...

Here is the tenth "position paper" for the 2012 Harbour Research project. Corrections and additions are welcomed. The purpose of the document is to seek people who will undertake serious research on aspects of the history of the h...

Here is the eleventh  "position paper" for the Harbour Research project. Corrections and additions are welcomed. The purpose of the document is to seek people who will undertake serious research on aspects of the history of the ha...

Position Paper.- Harbour Research No 12. J.Rushton.2012 Scarborough and the  Royal Navy  etc. Additions and corrections are welcomed to this introductory note on connections between Scarborough and the royal Navy. The ...

Here is the second "position paper" for the 2012 Harbour Research project. Corrections and additions are welcomed. The purpose of the document, with others to come, is to seek people who will undertake serious research on aspects of th...

Here is the third "position paper" for the 2012 Harbour Research project. Corrections and additions are welcomed. The purpose of the document, with others to come, is to seek people who will undertake serious research on aspects of the...

Here is the fourth "position paper" for the Harbour Research project. Corrections and additions are welcomed. The purpose of the document, with others to come, is to seek people who will undertake serious research on aspects of the history ...

Here is the fifth "position paper" for the 2012 Harbour Research project. Corrections and additions are welcomed. The purpose of the document is to seek people who will undertake serious research on aspects of the history of the harbou...

Here is the sixth  "position paper" for the 2012 Harbour Research project. Corrections and additions are welcomed. The purpose of the document is to seek people who will undertake serious research on aspects of the history of the ...

Here is the seventh "position paper" for the Harbour Research project. Corrections and additions are welcomed. The purpose of the document is to seek people who will undertake serious research on aspects of the history of the harb...

Here is the eighth "position paper" for the 2012 Harbour Research project. Corrections and additions are welcomed. The purpose of the document is to seek people who will undertake serious research on aspects of the history of the harbo...

Here is the ninth  "position paper" for the Harbour Research project. Corrections and additions are welcomed. The purpose of the document is to seek people who will undertake serious research on aspects of the history of the ...

Scarborough Port and Harbour Research Project In 2012, John Rushton MBE drew up 11 'position papers' outlining some of the important topics relating to Scarborough's maritime history. Below is the initial list of ideas he had:...

Scarborough quick timeline history 10,000 BC - Earliest signs of human habitation in Britain at Staxton, Starr Carr. York University or Starr Carr Project or Archeology Article on Starr Carr  700 - 500BC: Bronze / Iron A...

Yorkshire Post 2015 ...

Seaside Subjects Scarborough is Britain’s first seaside resort and there are many special features that make up the traditional seaside holiday experience.  Author, Kathyrn Ferry, has written a book called ‘Seaside 100&rs...

1620. Mrs. Farrow discovered that the water had medical properties. 1698. First cisterns for water built by the Corporation. 1700. First Spaw House built by Dickie Dickinson, the first Govenor. 1725. The staith of the Spaw washed awa...

VICTORIAN ERA BUILDINGS New Spa 1880 Railway Station 1845 Market Hall 1853 Oddfellows Hall / Mechanics Institute / Town Library 1840 Workhouse / St Mary's Hospital 1859 Woodall & Co Bank / Barclays 1864 Central Post Offic...

Childhood deaths in Victorian Scarborough 57% of children born in the Victorian era died by age 5 despite the wealth and prosperity of the country there were huge amounts of poverty and poor health.  Here is a small sample of children&rs...

SCARBOROUGH IN THE VICTORIAN ERA  2021 marks the 120thanniversary of the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. During her reign Britain became the most powerful trading nation in the world, leading to a social and economic revolution whose ef...

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