Understanding the Georgian Seaside Resort

Wednesday 18 May 2022 - 18:00 to 19:15



An opportunity to learn about the development patterns, economics and key features of Georgian Seaside Resorts in England.

Hear how the emerging resorts strove to extend the season, just as they do today. Learn about the social structure and how this influenced the design of the developments; and how changes in the cost of transport affected the popularity and exclusiveness of the resorts. Gain insight into the factors that influenced which developments succeded and which fell flat.

Be able to identify the key features, including:

  • Accommodation for visitors
  • Supporting development - eg industry and associated housing
  • Bathing and health
  • Assembly rooms
  • Circulating Libraries
  • Theatres



Sue Berry  Historian

Dr Sue Berry FSA FRHistS specialises in the history of seaside resorts but also writes about country houses and their estates. Some of her published work is available free on line on the website of the Georgian Group, and on the website of York Data Services which hosts the digitised version of the Sussex Archaeological Collections.

The development of seaside resorts has been under explored, but they were a very significant group of towns by the later 1800s and many of the issues they faced in the past associated with the need for high quality urban management to attract visitors apply to the majority of towns today.