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Holidays to the seaside
« on: Thursday 06 January 22 14:21 GMT (UK) »
Can anyone tell me when holidays to the coast etc became a thing, particulary for a typical working family.

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Re: Holidays to the seaside
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 06 January 22 15:24 GMT (UK) »
There`s a lot of information on Google !!

My father was brought up in a childrens home , until he was 14 in 1919. The children spent all the summer holidays at what we now call a holiday camp. In that respect he was more fortunate than other children who lived in the same town.

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Re: Holidays to the seaside
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 06 January 22 17:45 GMT (UK) »
Holidays were only for the wealthy as didnít get paid for time off work until 1939, then it became law to have one weeks paid holiday, then in the 1950s it increased to two weeks paid holiday.

There is more interesting information here.
https://localhistories.org/a-history-of-holidays/
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,† Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.


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Re: Holidays to the seaside
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 06 January 22 17:48 GMT (UK) »
Look at "Wakes Week".  ;)  Especially in the north of England (I can't vouch for other areas).
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Re: Holidays to the seaside
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 06 January 22 18:09 GMT (UK) »
I heard stories about holidays to Ramsgate in the 1930s, got the photos as well.  The family stayed in a boarding/lodging house but had to go out for their meals to what was described as "Grub Street" which I believe is York Street.

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Re: Holidays to the seaside
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 06 January 22 19:09 GMT (UK) »
As early as 1913 the great western railway allowed the employees in Swindon free travel to seaside resorts such as Weymouth Tenby Torquay and others so the seaside weeks holiday in a boarding house was established by then.

The railways generosity did not extend to a paid weeks wages. :) :)

I lived in a seaside town and itís history suggests it was well equipped with hotels and boarding houses by very early 1900s.

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Re: Holidays to the seaside
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 06 January 22 21:09 GMT (UK) »
  But do you think those hotels and boarding houses would have been used by "a typical working family" at that time?
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Re: Holidays to the seaside
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 06 January 22 22:56 GMT (UK) »
  But do you think those hotels and boarding houses would have been used by "a typical working family" at that time?


Depends what you class as a typical working family, if you had a steady job be it in a factory or cotton mill or a ledger clerk then yes I do, maybe not the big hotels but the boarding houses certainly.

I think that when people reminisce you only hear of the feckless or wealthy characters in the streets, the majority were steady prudent working people who put a bit aside each week and neither gambled nor drank away their wages, just lived quietly unnoticed.


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