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In pictures: British seaside history
Seaside boom towns

As it became clear that seaside trips were not just a fad, investors spent heavily on coastal towns.

Resorts were among the Victorian era's fastest growing towns, as the fashionable built seaside homes.

Attention was lavished on amusing visitors, with piers, promenades and pavillions built. Entertainment included donkey rides, fortune tellers and Punch and Judy shows.

By the early 20th Century there were substantial resorts along the coast to cater to all tastes. Pictured is Plymouth Pier – designed in 1884 and demolished in 1954.

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