When I think of early British seaside resorts, I immediately think of Blackpool, Brighton and Scarborough, never Liverpool. However, it seems that Liverpool may have been the first.
Yes, it’s a bit of a surprise, but according to experts, who examined a wide variety of sources including diaries, maps and poems, Liverpool was one of the first seaside resorts.
Allan Brodie from English Heritage said: “I have found descriptions of ‘bathing wagons’ in diaries of Liverpool people which date back to the 1730’s as well as references to organised visits to Crosby for sea bathing. Liverpool was at the forefront of providing sea water baths around this time.”