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The ‘amorous career’ of Lady Anne Hatton

This viewpoint discusses the controversial marriage of James Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Abercorn and his third wife, Lady Anne Hatton, which took place in 1800.

Great Yarmouth’s mini Crystal Palace

The 1870s witnessed a fashion for Winter Gardens at the British seaside and Great Yarmouth’s example is a unique survivor of that Victorian trend. As an iron and glass structure it took its cue from the 1851 Crystal Palace but failed to make a profit when it was first erected in the Devon resort of Torquay. This viewpoint uncovers the background to its creation and tells the story of its remarkable move to Norfolk in 1903.

Margate’s railway station by the sea

Margate’s 1926 train station was one of architect Edwin Maxwell Fry’s first jobs. Fry went on to become a leading figure in International Modernism so this viewpoint explores the background to the station’s design, its importance for Margate and its place in the wider context of 1920s seaside architecture.

North Beach

Learn more about two German Americans, George Ehret and William Steinway, who built a coastal amusement park in northern Queens in the late 19th century. Originally called Bowery Bay Beach, North Beach was one of a number of resort destinations in the outer boroughs of New York City at the turn of the 20th century.

Orchard Beach, Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx

Orchard Beach is one of the great 1930s public works projects in New York City. It’s early history as a campsite is a window into leisure patterns in New York City’s coastal hinterlands in the 19th century, while the beach’s redevelopment in the 1930s speaks to the career of the city’s infamous power broker and master builder, Robert Moses.