English Demographic Trends: Seasides Towns and Harbors


Figure 1.--Here is a painting by Eustace P.E. Nash showing Poole Harbor in 1920. The title was 'Poole Quay from Hamworthy'. Nash was famous for his images of Dorset. The fields are close by and here a group of children are playing in a large open space which is solely available for their play. There is no one else there. Hamworthy Quay is cloest to the children. Further back is the buildings on Poole Quay, from Poole Pottery on the far right almost as far as Poole Bridge to the left. The bell tower of St Jamesís Church dominates the left. Click on the image for more information about the artist.

Britain of course is an island. No place in Britain is more than a hundred miles or so from the coast. And there are countless ports, harbours, and baches located all along the coast. Until recentkly these were wiorking harbors and fishing pirts, but many have now become resort towns to varying degrees. Here children had similar experiences to urban children, i.e. the cinema and theater, public transport, shops. They also had similar experiences to rural children, depending on the size of the town. There were fields, green play areas seeing domestic farm animals as well as house hold pets. They also had unique experience as a result of the coastal location. There was sailing, beach combing, and sandy beaches where they could play and paddle. There were mMore opportunity to visit parks. Harbors, boats, and fishing also offered interesting experinces. Here is a view of Poole Harbor in 1920. The fields are close by and here a group of children are playing in a large open space which is solely available for their play. There is no one else there. Poole was a large coastal town and seaport evolving into a resort town.








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