When the future Queen Victoria arrived in Sidmouth in the early years of the nineteenth century, many of the fine buildings which grace the modern town had just been built. Since then the resort has acquired an air of genteel respectability which ...
the twentieth century with its modern tourist trade did little to remove: today, Sidmouth is one of England's loveliest seaside towns. The photographs which comprise this delightful selection bring to life the history of the town in a way mere words could never do. For, unlike the historians, the photographers were actually there when they clicked their shutters. What might have been a snapshot when it was taken becomes in time the most authentic record we could have of a period which has otherwise vanished into the past. If photography was, sadly, unable to capture the visit of the infant Victoria, it has handed down to us a vivid visual reminder of the changes which have overtaken the town and its inhabitants in the last hundred years. With its emphasis on those whose lives have been spent in this corner of East Devon, this fascinating volume covers an area bounded by Newton Poppleford, Sidbury and Branscombe. For those who know the area it will bring back a host of memories; others will enjoy discovering Sidmouth's rich heritage for the first time.
Number of pages: 128
Date of publication: 15/10/2005
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