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In pictures: British seaside history
Victorian values

The Victorian era saw the coastline undergo significant changes.

Published in 1818, Jane Austen's Persuasion alludes to high society's love of the seaside. But the spread of the railways, particularly in the 1840s, led to large numbers of workers visiting as well.

The creation of bank holidays in 1871 led to even more trips. And Sunday visits prompted some tour operators to include an act of worship to placate religious groups.

Blackpool, seen here in 1895, was among the resorts to benefit from workers’ enthusiasm for the sea.

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