Resort Landscapes for Tendring

  • Introduction
  • The decline of hotels, boarding houses and the ascendancy of caravan parks
  • Health and climate at the Seaside
  • Attractions: piers, theatres, seafronts, promenades and gardens

This final part considers three aspects of the history of Tendring’s resorts that have helped create the environment that visitors and holidaymakers now experience.

The decline of hotels and boarding houses and the birth and development of holiday caravan parks are explored in the first section. The holiday caravan park came about as a largely unplanned, organic response to post war planning legislation and the agency of working class holidaymakers and small scale entrepreneurs and landowners. As a result, changes to holiday accommodation provision in and around the resorts would impact considerably upon the landscape. Health and climate at the seaside is considered in the following section: The importance of “Health” and the “sunshine coast”. The early development of seaside resorts can be seen to have been derived from the supposed benefits to be gained from spending time at the seaside, sea bathing and even sea water drinking. Consequently structures such as bathing machines and bath houses would soon become prominent features of the seaside environment. Further changes to the seaside landscape would occur as entertainment facilities began appear and develop. This phenomenon is explored in the final section: Attractions: piers, theatres, seafronts, promenades and gardens.

 

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