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Boats on Brighton beach, 1890

© Brighton History Centre - Museum and Art Gallery & Royal Pavilion Gardens
The hidden face of the Victorian seaside: behind the scenes at Brighton

Seaside holidays were among the fastest-growing industries in Victorian Britain, and Brighton was the biggest and most famous of the resorts. But the leisure and pleasure of the visitors depended on the hidden work of an army of waiters, barmaids, cleaners and maids, and on the insecure livings made more publicly by entertainers and street hawkers. What was life like for them? More...

Words: John K. Walton

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