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Seaside Holiday in the Past


Guidebooks to the area were written like stories; flowery language and advertisements for local businesses throughout give an impression of what the Victorian people were interested in. The guidebooks gave descriptions of the area, advertisements for bicycle shops and medicinal tonics.

Extract: "The Railway and Steamship have linked places together, once far apart ... and nowhere are there so many and so varied attractions within easy distance as there are within a few miles of Tynemouth."

Railway poster advertised the areas of Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. Trams and later buses brought people along the coast from Newcastle to visit the attractions and theatres.

Lower Promenade, Whitley Bay.

An Advertisement for Priory Hall which includes some of the attractions visitors can enjoy.


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