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Beach Collection

Background imageBeach Collection: Locomotive at Carbis Bay in Cornwall, 1950s

Locomotive at Carbis Bay in Cornwall, 1950s
A tank locomotive heads along the St Ives branch line. The Carbis Bay Hotel can be seen nestled behind the beach and in front of the viaduct

Background imageBeach Collection: Barry Island Beach, Wales, 1920s

Barry Island Beach, Wales, 1920s
View of Barry Island beach and Whitmore Bay, Glamorgan, south Wales in summer 1920s. Holidaymakers are enjoying the sunshine while having fun on the beach and lying in deckchairs

Background imageBeach Collection: Bigbury-on-Sea from Burgh Island, Devon, September 1935

Bigbury-on-Sea from Burgh Island, Devon, September 1935
A GWR publicity view of Bigbury-on-Sea on the southern coast of Devon, taken from Burgh Island in September 1935. The image shows the art-deco style Burgh Island Hotel and a number of houses

Background imageBeach Collection: Holiday Haunts guide book, 1947

Holiday Haunts guide book, 1947
A 1947 edition of the popular Holiday Haunts guide books published by the GWR. A glamorous blonde poses in a white two-part swimming costume in front of a lively beach scene

Background imageBeach Collection: Bigbury-on-Sea from Burgh Island, Devon, September 1935

Bigbury-on-Sea from Burgh Island, Devon, September 1935
A GWR publicity view of Bigbury-on-Sea on the southern coast of Devon, taken from Burgh Island in September 1935. The image shows what is now The Pilchard Inn on the tidal island

Background imageBeach Collection: St Ives Station, Porthminster Beach and Pitch & Putt, c. 1950s

St Ives Station, Porthminster Beach and Pitch & Putt, c. 1950s
A view of St Ives Station, Porthminster Beach and the Pitch & Putt at St Ives, Cornwall, c.1950s. The station opened in 1877

Background imageBeach Collection: The Seafront at Sidmouth, Devon, August 1931

The Seafront at Sidmouth, Devon, August 1931
A GWR publicity view of the seafront at Sidmouth in South Devon, taken in August 1931. This image shows the many groynes going out to sea and holidaymakers on the shingle beach enjoying themselves

Background imageBeach Collection: Paignton Promenade, Devon, Summer 1950

Paignton Promenade, Devon, Summer 1950
A view looking south along the promenade at Paignton. It is adorned with flags of the World, perhaps celebrating the football World Cup taking place in Brazil during June and July of 1950

Background imageBeach Collection: Exmouth Beach, Devon, July 1950

Exmouth Beach, Devon, July 1950
A crowd of children are gathered on the beach at Exmouth to watch a showing of Punch and Judy. Other families are enjoying the beach and the sea

Background imageBeach Collection: Portreath, Cornwall, September 1928

Portreath, Cornwall, September 1928
A GWR publicity view of Portreath, near Redruth in Cornwall, September 1928. Portreath beach lies below with holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine on the North Cornish coast

Background imageBeach Collection: Blackpool Sands, Devon, c1950

Blackpool Sands, Devon, c1950
Dozens of families are enjoying the beach at Blackpool Sands. The beach is 4 miles south of Dartmouth

Background imageBeach Collection: Burnham-on-Sea beach, August 1927

Burnham-on-Sea beach, August 1927
A busy beach scene here, looking north from the pier. The esplanade and sea defences were completed in 1911

Background imageBeach Collection: Castle Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall, 1924

Castle Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall, 1924
A view of Castle Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall in February 1924. People are taking a stroll along the promenade in the sunshine past the grand Falmouth Hotel

Background imageBeach Collection: Weymouth, August 1929

Weymouth, August 1929
Holidaymakers on the beach at Weymouth in the 1929. There are white beach tents and deckchairs, with people sunbathing and playing games nearby

Background imageBeach Collection: Greve de Lecq, Jersey, c. 1930s

Greve de Lecq, Jersey, c. 1930s
A GWR publicity view of La Greve de Lecq on the northern coast of Jersey in the Channel Islands, summer c.1934. This image shows the beach with holidaymakers enjoying the summer weather; sunbathing

Background imageBeach Collection: Looe, Cornwall, August 1936

Looe, Cornwall, August 1936
A GWR Publicity view of the small coastal town of Looe in Cornwall, August 1936. Holidaymakers are swimming in the sea just off East Looe Beach with small fishing boats further out in the water

Background imageBeach Collection: The Golden Sands of Wales, 1924

The Golden Sands of Wales, 1924
This illustration of The Golden Sands of Wales comes from a souvenir booklet produced by the GWR to coincide with the 1924 British Empire Exhibition

Background imageBeach Collection: Each Beach, Teignmouth, Devon, c. 1925

Each Beach, Teignmouth, Devon, c. 1925
A GWR publicity view of holidaymakers on Teignmouth Town Beach on the eastern side of the town, c.1925. The image shows a typical seaside scene; families are enjoying themselves on the beach

Background imageBeach Collection: Goodrington Sands, Devon, 1933

Goodrington Sands, Devon, 1933
This view of Goodrington Sands, Paignton, shows hoards of families enjoying the beach. A slide can be seen in the sea providing entertainment for everyone!

Background imageBeach Collection: Pendine Sands, South Wales, September 1924

Pendine Sands, South Wales, September 1924
A GWR Publicity view of Ragwen Point on the western end of Pendine Sands on the Carmarthenshire border with Glamorgan, South Wales in September 1924

Background imageBeach Collection: Newquay, June 1951

Newquay, June 1951
A GWR Publicity view of Newquay, Cornwall in June 1951. The beach is teeming with holidaymakers enjoying themselves by sunbathing and lounging in deckchairs in the early summer sunshine

Background imageBeach Collection: Readymoney Cove, Fowey, July 1947

Readymoney Cove, Fowey, July 1947
A GWR Publicity view of Readymoney Cove at Fowey, Cornwall in July 1947. Children on holiday are playing on this sheltered beach near Fowey with the distinctive building behind

Background imageBeach Collection: Sennen Cove, Cornwall, c. 1910

Sennen Cove, Cornwall, c. 1910
A GWR Publicity view of Sennen Cove (Porth Senan), near Lands End, Cornwall, c.1910. The pale sand of Sennen Beach stretches into the distance as the coastline curves round to form a quiet Cornish

Background imageBeach Collection: Chesil Beach, Dorset, c. 1930

Chesil Beach, Dorset, c. 1930
Looking north west up Chesil Beach and over the village of Chiswell from the Isle of Portland. The oil storage depot can be seen in the distance on the thin section that separates the sea

Background imageBeach Collection: Coverack, Cornwall

Coverack, Cornwall
Picturesque view of Coverack, Cornwall in the early 20th century. A couple of motor cars make their way up the quiet road past thatched cottages overlooking the rocky beach

Background imageBeach Collection: Cadgwith Beach, Cornwall, c. 1920s

Cadgwith Beach, Cornwall, c. 1920s
View of Cadgwith Beach, Cornwall, c.1920s. The Cadgwith Hotel overlooking a number of harbour cottages and boat sheds. The shingle is covered in a number of rowing boats

Background imageBeach Collection: Barry Island, Wales, August 1938

Barry Island, Wales, August 1938
View of Barry Island beach, Glamorgan, south Wales, summer 1938. The beach is very, very busy with holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine and lounging in deckchairs

Background imageBeach Collection: Barry Island Beach, Wales, August 1938

Barry Island Beach, Wales, August 1938
View of Barry Island beach, Glamorgan, south Wales in summer 1938. The beach is very, very crowded and the water is teeming with holidaymakers

Background imageBeach Collection: Barry Island, Glamorgan, Wales, August 1927

Barry Island, Glamorgan, Wales, August 1927
View of Barry Island beach and Whitmore Bay, Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales, summer 1927. The beach is filled with holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine and lounging in deckchairs

Background imageBeach Collection: Castle Beach, Falmouth, July 1934

Castle Beach, Falmouth, July 1934
View of Castle Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall, July 1934. Holidaymakers are on the beach and bathing the sea. The Falmouth Hotel can be seen on the right of the picture

Background imageBeach Collection: Carlyon Bay, Crinnis Beach, Cornwall, c. 1934

Carlyon Bay, Crinnis Beach, Cornwall, c. 1934
View from the cliffs at Carlyon Bay, Crinnis Beach looking down on the Cornish Riviera Club c.1934. A couple are playing tennis on one of the many tennis courts

Background imageBeach Collection: Crinnis Beach at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall, c. 1930

Crinnis Beach at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall, c. 1930
A GWR Publicity view of Crinnis Beach at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall around 1930, showing beach huts and tennis courts

Background imageBeach Collection: St Michaels Mount, Penzance, c. 1950

St Michaels Mount, Penzance, c. 1950
A GWR publicity view of St Michaels Mount near Penzance in Cornwall, c.1950, showing the castle and mount silhouetted against the sky and several small boats pulled up onto the beach

Background imageBeach Collection: Par Cliffs, Cornwall, May 1949

Par Cliffs, Cornwall, May 1949
A GWR publicity view of the cliffs at Par Sands, Cornwall, May 1949. Par Beach lies on the Cornish Riviera by the fishing port of Par which became an important industrial town in the 19th century for

Background imageBeach Collection: Par Sands, Cornwall, May 1949

Par Sands, Cornwall, May 1949
A GWR publicity view of Par Sands in Cornwall, May 1949. This image shows the long stretch of white sand along the beach with the town of Par which lies on the Cornish Riviera just visible in

Background imageBeach Collection: Newquay, Cornwall, June 1951

Newquay, Cornwall, June 1951
A GWR publicity view of Great Western Beach at Newquay in Cornwall, June 1951. This image shows a number of holidaymakers on the beach at the base of the island, below the Island House Bridge

Background imageBeach Collection: Newquay Beach, Cornwall, June 1951

Newquay Beach, Cornwall, June 1951
A GWR publicity view of Great Western Beach and the Island House Bridge at Newquay in Cornwall, June 1951. Holidaymakers are lounging on the sandy beach below the bridge

Background imageBeach Collection: Newquay, Cornwall, 1933

Newquay, Cornwall, 1933
A GWR publicity view of the seaside town of Newquay in Cornwall, taken from the Towan Headland area in 1933. The image shows the cliffs and beaches of Newquay from between two gateway posts

Background imageBeach Collection: Newquay Harbour, Cornwall, 1933

Newquay Harbour, Cornwall, 1933
A GWR publicity view of Newquay Harbour, Cornwall, 1933, showing the harbour wall with the seaside town and the beach filled with holidaymakers in the background

Background imageBeach Collection: Newquay Golf Course & Pentire Beach, Cornwall, c. 1927

Newquay Golf Course & Pentire Beach, Cornwall, c. 1927
A GWR publicity view of Newquay Golf Course on the Pentire Headland, c.1927. The image shows several people playing a round of golf on the green with Fistral Beach

Background imageBeach Collection: Newquay Harbour, Cornwall, July 1923

Newquay Harbour, Cornwall, July 1923
A GWR publicity view of Newquay Harbour on the northern coast of Cornwall, July 1923, showing a number of sailing boats moored up in the harbour at low tide

Background imageBeach Collection: Banjo Quay and Beach at Looe, Cornwall, August 1951

Banjo Quay and Beach at Looe, Cornwall, August 1951
A GWR publicity view of the Banjo Pier at Looe in Cornwall, August 1951. The pier was the first of its type built in the world and is so called because it looks like a banjo from above

Background imageBeach Collection: East Looe Beach, Cornwall, August 1936

East Looe Beach, Cornwall, August 1936
A GWR publicity view of East Looe Beach on the Cornish coast, August 1936. This image was taken from the cliff overlooking the beach

Background imageBeach Collection: Kynance Cove, Cornwall, July 1924

Kynance Cove, Cornwall, July 1924
A GWR publicity view of the coast at Kynance Cove in Cornwall, July 1924. The stretch of sand seen here is Pentreath Beach

Background imageBeach Collection: Teignmouth Beach, Devon, August 1937

Teignmouth Beach, Devon, August 1937
A GWR publicity view of the west end of the beach at the seaside town of Teignmouth in Devon. Taken in August 1937 this image shows holidaymakers on the beach

Background imageBeach Collection: Teignmouth, East Beach, August 1950

Teignmouth, East Beach, August 1950
A GWR publicity view of the town beach at the seaside town of Teignmouth in Devon. Taken in August 1950 from the sand of the beach

Background imageBeach Collection: Teignmouth Promenade and East Beach, Devon, August 1950

Teignmouth Promenade and East Beach, Devon, August 1950
A GWR publicity view of the promenade and main beach at the seaside town of Teignmouth in Devon, August 1950. The seafront houses of the Esplanade hide most of the church tower of St Michael s

Background imageBeach Collection: Maidencombe, near Teignmouth, Devon, August 1937

Maidencombe, near Teignmouth, Devon, August 1937
A GWR publicity view of the beach at Maidencombe, near Teignmouth in Devon. Taken in August 1937, this image shows holidaymakers enjoying the beach and bathing in the calm sea



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