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Buildings that bless the seaside

Grand Hotel, Scarborough  English Heritage (left pic)

The Grand Hotel in Scarborough, seen here in the early 20th Century and 2006, was one of the largest in Europe when it was built in 1867. Four storeys are built into the cliff.

Winter Gardens, Morecambe  English Heritage

Originally called the People's Palace, the earliest part of the Winter Gardens in Morecambe was built in 1878 with a more ornate extension added in 1896.

Wellington Pier, Great Yarmouth  English Heritage

The Wellington Pier in Great Yarmouth was largely rebuilt in 1900-3. Today the distinctive Art Deco entrance building is masked by retail units but the unusual roofs have survived.

Ilfracombe Hotel, Devon  English Heritage

Many of the UK's architectural gems, such as Ilfracombe Hotel, have been demolished. It was built when growing numbers of holidaymakers arrived in 1874 on the railways.

Ramsgate Odeon  English Heritage

The Odeon in Ramsgate opened in 1936 and this picture was taken soon after. Designer Andrew Mather contributed to the Odeon chain making a name for its architectural style.

De La Warr Pavilion   English Heritage

The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea (1937 and inset 2006) formed part of the redevelopment of the resort by the mayor Earl De La Warr. It had major renovations in 2005.

Grand Theatre, Blackpool   English Heritage (left pic)

The Grand Theatre in Blackpool in 1972 and 2006. It was opened in 1894, designed by Frank Matcham, and was a major addition to the town's nightlife.

Beach huts in Lincs  English Heritage

Pagoda shaped corrugated roofs at Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. A growth in beach hut building occurred in the post-war years when huts were built in whatever material was available.

Brighton Pavilion

In 1786 the Prince of Wales was known to have stayed in a "superior farmhouse" in Brighton, before John Nash transformed it into an Indian-style building, the Royal Pavilion.

Tate St Ives   Tate St Ives

St Ives had always attracted artists since the 1920s partly due to its famous light. The opening of the Tate St Ives in 1993 cemented its reputation as a centre for cultural tourism.




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