13 March 2012

Round the Coast, 1895

The BBC have started a TV series Britain's First Photo Album visiting sites where pioneer Victorian photographer Francis Frith photo-documented the UK during the latter part of the 19th century. Presenter John Sergeant investigates the background of 40 of the images, four per episode, and creates another 40 capturing the spirit of the originals for modern Britain.

Those of us not fortunate enough to have BBC TV access may instead enjoy the images and accompanying text in Round the Coast 1895, an album of pictures from photographs of the chief seaside places of interest in Great Britain and Ireland, placed online by Rosemary and Stan Rodliffe. Many of the photos are by Frith & Co. Find it at: http://www.thornburypump.co.uk/Coast1895/

The places and images available are:

Aberdeen - General view from the river
Aberdour - The Tantallon Castle leaving the pier
Aberdovey - View of the town and the bay
Aberystwith - View of the bay, showing the Castle and the University College
Aldeburgh - The beach
Arbroath - From the harbour
Ardglass - General view of the harbour
Ardrishaig - The steamer Columba at Ardrishaig Quay
Arnside - From North End, Carnforth
Arran - Brodick pier and Goatfell
Ashton - From the east
Bangor - The town and the bay, from Mornington Park, Princeton
Barmouth - View from the Mawddach, showing heights
Barnstaple - Croyde Bay
Beaumaris - Looking towards the landing-stage
Berwick - From Spittal, showing Berwick Bridge
Bexhill - The hotels and the beach
Blackpool - View of the front, showing the Tower
Blackpool - A rough day
Bognor - The esplanade
Boscastle - View of the harbour
Bournemouth - View from the West Cliff
Bournemouth - The pier approach
Branksea Island - General view of the Castle
Bray - The Promenade and Bray Head
Bridlington - Looking down the Prince’s Parade
Bridport - The West Bay
Brighton - The Hotel Métropole and beach
Brighton - Entrance to the aquarium, showing the Chain Pier
Brighton - The West Pier
Brighton - A long stretch of the beach
Brixham - The Lower Town, showing fishing fleet
Broadstairs - General view from the cliffs
Broughty Ferry - View from the river
Bude - The Chapel Rock
Budleigh Salterton - General view of the valley
Bundoran - The East Strand, with the Great Northern Hotel

Cape Cornwall - A lonely spot
Carlingford - Showing the ruins of Carlingford Castle
Carnarvon - The Castle
Carnoustie - The town and the beach
Carrick-a-rede - The rope bridge across the chasm
Castletown - From the pier, showing the Castle of Rushen
Clacton-on-Sea - On the beach
Clacton-on-Sea - The approach to the pier
Cleethorpes - A view of the sands
Clevedon - The Green Beach
Cliffs of Moher - A striking coast scene
Clovelly - View from Hobby Drive
Colwyn Bay - The sands
Coverack - The cove and village
Crail - The village and the harbour
Criccieth - View of the beach and the castle
Crinan - The western terminus of the canal, and the Sound of Jura
Cromer - Showing the church on the cliffs
Cushendun - The river, the hills, and Cushendun Bay
Dartmouth - Dartmouth and Kingswear Castles
Dartmouth - General view, showing the Britannia Floating Naval College
Dawlish - General view
Deal - Looking along the beach
Donaghadee - View from the church tower, showing harbour
Douglas - From Douglas Head
Douglas - General view of the promenade
Douglas - The bathing-place at Port Skillion
Dover - The Parade, showing Dover Castle
Dover - The tunnel in Shakespeare’s Cliff
Dovercourt - The sands
Dunmore - The town and the harbour
Dunoon - View on the Clyde

East Hartlepool - Commissioners’ Harbour
Eastbourne - General view from the Wish Tower
Eastbourne - The Pier
Eastbourne - Part of the promenade, showing Wish Tower
Exmouth - View showing the beach and the opposite shore
Falmouth - General view, from Pendennis
Felixstowe - From the Bath Hotel
Filey - The Spa
Filey - Filey Brig
Flamborough - The fishermen at work
Fleetwood - The promenade: departure of the Isle of Man steamer
Fleetwood - The sands
Folkestone - View showing The Lees and the pier
Fowey - Entrance to the harbour
Freshwater Bay - The town and the bay
Freshwater Bay - Showing ‘The Arched Rock’
Gareloch-Head - From the hills
Glenarm - The town and the harbour
Glengarriff - Eccle’s Hotel
Glengarriff - The Esplanade
Gorleston - A stretch of the sands
Gourock - The town and the harbour
Grange - View from the gardens
Great Yarmouth - A typical scene on the beach
Great Yarmouth - The Town Hall
Grimsby - View of the docks, with the hydraulic tower
Guernsey - St. Peter-Port and Castle Cornet
Guernsey - Moulin Huet Bay, with the ‘Dog and Lion’ rocks
Guernsey - The Old Harbour

Harwich - The beach at low tide
Harwich - The quay and Great Eastern Hotel
Hastings - From the East Hill
Hastings - The front, showing pier
Hastings - The Castle
Helensburgh - East Bay
Herne Bay - The front, showing clock tower
Holyhead - The breakwater
Holyhead - The South Stack Lighthouse
Howth - General view of the harbour and Ireland’s Eye
Howth - The bathing-place
Hull - Prince’s Dock: with the Wilberforce Memorial and dock offices
Hull - The pier and front
Hunstanton - The front and beach
Ilfracombe - General view, showing Capstone Parade
Ilfracombe - Lantern Hill
Ilfracombe - Typical view, showing rugged coast
Innellan - Showing the rocky beach and the steamboat pier
Inveraray - The town, and the hill of Duniquoich
Jersey - St. Helier
Jersey - Gorey, and Mont Orgueil Castle
Jersey - Portelet Bay and Janvrin Island
Jersey - La Corbière Rock and Lighthouse

Kilkee - Looking across the bay
Killiney - General view
Killybegs - Looking over the village and the bay
Kingstown - General view of the harbour
Kinsale - A fishing fleet in the harbour
Kirn - From the landing stage
Kynance Cove - The cove and village
Land’s End - Showing the Longships Lighthouse
Largs - From the sea
Laxey - General view
Littlehampton - Paddling at low water
Llandudno - Looking down from the mountain
Llanfairfechan - The village and Penmaenmawr Mountain
Llanstephan - The village and the castle-crowned hill
Looe - View from the hills, showing the estuary
Lowestoft - On the sands
Lowestoft - The harbour and parade
Lulworth - Lulworth Cove and village
Lydstep - The cliffs and the beach
Lyme Regis - The harbour
Lymington - The bridge and the town, from the river
Lynmouth - The hill, showing Lynton above
Lytham - From the pier
Manorbier - The castle
Marazion - General view, showing harbour
Margate - On the sands
Margate - The harbour and the jetty
Menai - From Bangor Wood
Milford Haven - General view of the town and the haven
Millport - From the east
Minehead - View of the village and church
Monkstown - From Monkstown Pier Station
Morecambe - The Promenade
Mullion Cove - Showing Mullion Island
Mumbles - The town and the bay
Mumbles - The lighthouse

New Brighton - Showing the fort and the lighthouse
Newcastle, Co. Down - The Strand, with Slieve Donard
Newcastle-on-Tyne - View on the Tyne
Newhaven - In the harbour
Newlyn - View of the village and the harbour
Newquay - A quiet bathing-place
North Berwick - From the rocks, showing North Berwick Law
North Berwick - Tantallon Castle and the Bass Rock
Oban - The town and the bay
Paignton - The sands, from the pier
Peel - The old castle and harbour
Penarth - The esplanade and Penarth Head
Penmaenmawr - The town, the mountain, and the sea
Penzance - The Esplanade
Pittenweem - From the west
Plymouth - Drake’s Island, from Mount Edgcumbe
Plymouth - The Hoe
Plymouth - The pier
Polkerris - A remote Cornish village
Polperro - The inlet and the village
Port Bannatyne - A pleasant walk
Port Erin - Panoramic view of the town and its vicinity
Port Erin - Bradda Head, with the Milner Tower
Port St. Mary - The town and harbour
Porthleven - The harbour and look-out
Portland - The Chesil Beach
Portland - Panoramic view
Portmadoc - The harbour and the town
Portobello - The beach
Portpatrick - The harbour
Portrush - The bathing-place
Portsmouth - General view of the harbour, showing Nelson’s battleship, The Victory
Portsmouth - The Hard
Portstewart - The harbour and town
Pwllheli - A sheltered corner

Queenstown - Looking along the shore
Ramsey - From the Albert Tower
Ramsey - The beach
Ramsgate - A lively view of the sands
Ramsgate - The harbour
Reculver - The village and the Reculver Towers
Redcar - Looking along the esplanade
Rhyl - The Esplanade
Robin Hood’s Bay - The village and bay
Roker - The beach, from the terrace
Rostrevor - Woodside, Rostrevor
Rothesay - The landing-stage and esplanade
Runswick - The village on the cliffs
Ryde - View from the pier
Ryde - The esplanade

Saltburn - View of the cliffs, beach , and pier
Sandbank - From the east, showing Sandbank and Kilmun
Sandgate - View from the Heights
Sandown - From the cliffs
Sandown - The bathing beach
Sark - Creux Harbour
Sark - Les Autelets Rocks
Saundersfoot - General view of the bay
Scarborough - General view of the South Bay
Scarborough - The children’s corner
Scarborough - View from the rocks
Scilly Islands - The cove and lighthouse, St. Agnes
Scilly Islands - Hell Bay, Bryher
Sea View - The bathing beach and suspension pier
Seaford - The Parade
Seaton - Looking towards White Cliff
Shanklin - View of the beach and the heights
Shanklin - The Chine
Sheerness - The promenade and the beach
Sidmouth - The promenade and the beach
Skegness - The pier
South Shields - ‘All the fun of the fair’
Southampton - The pier
Southampton - The western shore
Southampton - The Platform
Southend - From the pier
Southport - The pier and the South Lake
Southsea - General view of the beach
Southwold - The North Cliff
Southwold - Gun Hill
St. Leonards - The Marina
St. Andrews - View of the town from College Church Tower
St. Andrews - The Castle, seen from the south-east
St. Anne’s-on-Sea - The South Promenade
St. Ives - The town and ‘The Island’
St. Margaret’s Bay - The hotel, from the cliffs
St. Mawes - Showing the harbour and the castle
St. Michael’s Mount - From the rocks near Marazion
St. Monan’s - From the west
Staffa - The ‘Herdsman’
Staffa - Fingal’s Cave
Staithes - Looking towards the sea
Stonehaven - The harbour
Sunderland - Looking up the river from the bridge
Sutton-on-Sea - A quiet resort
Swanage - View of the town and the sea

Tarbert - Fishing boats going out
Teignmouth - General view of the Dene
Tenby - General view
Tenby - St. Catherine’s Rock and Fort
Tenby - In the harbour
The Eddystone Lighthouse - Showing the rocks
The Needles - General view, showing the lighthouse
Tintagel - Showing King Arthur’s Castle
Tobermory - General view of the town
Torquay - General view from Waldron Hill
Torquay - The natural arch (‘London Bridge’)
Torquay - Anstey’s Cove
Torquay - The beach, Babbicombe
Totland Bay - An excursion steamer at the pier
Tynemouth - The Aquarium and sands
Ventnor - Panorama from the sea
Walton-on-the-Naze - Scene on the beach
Warrenpoint - From Omeath, on the opposite side of Carlingford Lough
Wells - The quay
Wemyss Bay - From the railway
West Cowes - View from East Cowes
Westgate-on-Sea - Villadom on the cliffs
Weston-super-Mare - A summer scene on the sands
Wexford - From the opposite shore
Weymouth - General view of the town and the beach
Whitby - General view of the town
Whitstable - The West Beach
Wicklow - General view of the town and the river
Wigtown - From the Martyrs’ Monument
Worthing - General view of the front
Yarmouth (Isle of Wight) - General view


John Buck said...

You may also wish to look at the web site of The Francis Frith Collection - at www.francisfrith.com which shows 125,000 of Frith's photos and over 26,000 personal memories left by visitors.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

thanks for this great tip John. Another great resource for early photos is http://www.abdn.ac.uk/historic/gww/index.htm.