Relating the development of Devon's seaside resorts to the wider processes of social and economic change, this study explains why early tourists were drawn to the remote Devon coast and shows how fishing villages were transformed into fashionable watering places. Themes covered include bathing rituals and sea-water drinking, health cures and cholera epidemics, sophisticated amusements and improving recreations, paddle-steamers and excursion trains. The study is intended for students and scholars of social history; secondary school and further education students, particularly in Devon; and general readers.
John Travis has written and lectured on many aspects of Devon's history, but is perhaps best known for his books on the rise of the Devon seaside resorts, the history of smuggling on the Exmoor coast and on early Lynton and Lynmouth. After being awarded a PhD from the University of Exeter, he became a lecturer in social history.