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Happy holidays of the past

Posted onPosted on 20th Aug
Happy holidays of the past

Nottinghamshire County Council Archives Service and the Picture the Past website have taken a look back at some of the holidays of yesteryear.

The Archives Service has a collection related to William Thomas Pickbourne (1878-1930), a Methodist lay preacher who grew up in Kirkby, and lived in Northampton and later in Nottingham. His diaries provide a vivid account of the emerging Methodist movement in Kirkby, as well as a picture of a typical family going through the First World War.

A couple of his diary entries explore day trips to the coast in 1881:

27 July. Went to Scarboro on Monday. Did enjoy myself. It is a splendid place and everything set out to the best possible advantage.

2 August. Sister Jane has come down to spend a day or two, came on the 30th July. She and mother intend going to Skegness on Wednesday for the benefit of their health. It is a rising sea resort down on the Lincolnshire coast, and bids fair to compete with Cleethorpes and Grimsby as a sea bathing and holiday resort. All being well I intend going on Saturday to fetch them back…

Elsewhere, the images show some photographs of day trips, holidays and other images with a leisure break theme from yesteryear, which can be viewed on the Picture the Past website, which is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council.

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