In pictures: the British seaside through history

Britain's best-loved beaches have been packed in recent days with people basking in sunshine and enjoying the gloriously hot weather. Here, we look back at British seaside scenes through history... 

 

1966: A group of elderly people relax in deckchairs on the beach at Brighton. Photographer Tony Ray-Jones (1941-72) created most of his images of the British at work and leisure between 1966 and 1969. Travelling around Britain, he recorded the unguarded moments of people from all sections of British society. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

 

9 August 1952: Holidaymakers enjoy themselves on the South Bay Beach at Scarborough. (Photo by Thurston Hopkins/Picture Post/Getty Images)

 

1 August 1913: A couple relax in their deckchairs on the beach at Great Yarmouth. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

 

31 August 1955: Two women take their children for a picnic on Tower Beach, an artificial beach near Tower Bridge on the River Thames, London. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

7 August 1944: A woman sunbathes on a wartime bank holiday surrounded by barbed wire on the beach at Bournemouth. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

1880: Victorian daytrippers on the beach at Ramsgate in Kent. (Photo by Francis Frith/Getty Images)

 

July 1927: Two women play leapfrog on the beach at Broadstairs in Kent. (Photo by HF Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

 

1952: Poster produced for British Railways (BR) Western Region, to promote rail travel to the coastal resort of Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset. Artwork by Harry Riley. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

 

1 July 1964: Bank holiday crowds relax on the beach at Margate, Kent. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

 

1923: A group of workers from Tickler's Jam Factory paddling in the sea during an outing to Hastings. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

 

c1910: Two children enjoy a donkey ride on the sands at Blackpool, Lancashire. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

c1954: A drinks stall on the beach in Blackpool. (Photo by John Chillingworth/Getty Images)

 

17 July 1931: A group of ladies dressed in the latest summer beach fashions on the Norfolk Broads. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
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