The Rise of the Devon Seaside Resorts, 1750-1900

BookThe Rise of the Devon Seaside Resorts, 1750-1900

The Rise of the Devon Seaside Resorts, 1750-1900

Exeter Maritime Studies


December 1st, 1993





The first comprehensive study of the emergence of Devon's seaside resorts. Relating the development of these resorts to the wider processes of social and economic change, it explains why early tourists were drawn to the remote Devon coast and shows how fishing villages were transformed into fashionable watering places. Themes covered include bathing rituals and sea-water drinking, health cures and cholera epidemics, sophisticated amusements and improving recreations, paddle-steamers and excursion trains.

... this lucid and enjoyably written book, which is spiced throughout by the author's eye for the telling example and wittily pointed anecdote.
John K. Walton, Mariner's Mirror

Mariner's Mirror

Travis has produced a valuable study relevant to both the history of leisure and maritime history in its widest sense.

The Northern Mariner

Author Information

John Travis has written and lectured on many aspects of Devon’s history, but is perhaps best known for his books on the rise of the Devon seaside resorts, the history of smuggling on the Exmoor coast and on early Lynton and Lynmouth. After being awarded a PhD from the University of Exeter, he became a lecturer in social history.