We used Skegness (or Skeggi)as a one night stopover on the way back to London from Whitby.
We found that some of the houses and B&Bs in the street where we stayed to be a bit run down. However, It looked as though the local council still put a bit of effort into maintaining parklands. Some of the gardens were very well maintained. We only saw Skegness in late afternoon and early morning when these amusement places were closed. This image was shot just after 8:00 am.
"Skegness is a seaside town and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. Located on the Lincolnshire coast of the North Sea, 43 miles (69 km) east of the city of Lincoln it has a resident population of 18,910."
"Skegness has its origin in the Danish period of settlement of England although there is no reference to a village named Skegness in the Domesday Book. The town's name means either "Skeggi's headland" or "beard-shaped headland", depending on whether the first element represents the personal name Skeggi (meaning 'bearded one'), one of the Vikings who established the original settlement to the east of the current town which was washed away by the sea in the early sixteenth century; or the Old East Norse word skegg "beard". "
"Most of the land in what is now the downtown core formed part of the estate of the Earl of Scarbrough and he, together with his agent H.V.Tippet, realised that the extensive sandy beach could be made attractive to holidaymakers from the industrial towns of the English Midlands, a clientele already developed by Thomas Cook. He planned the town as a resort from 1877 and it expanded rapidly, but along with many other UK resorts, especially those on the cold North Sea, it lost out to the cheap package holiday boom which opened up Spain (in particular) to the average holidaymaker after World War II currency restrictions were lifted and travellers could leave the UK with more than 50 pounds."
"The first Butlins holiday resort was opened in Skegness in 1936. Partially owing to this, the resort is one of the better known seaside resorts in the United Kingdom."
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snunney (80619) 2014-01-10 2:55
Not much fun to be had at this time of the day, but your composition nevertheless evokes the spirit of the British seaside. I like the long perspective and the presence of the two men. Very good technical presentation. Thanks also for the very informative note.
Royaldevon (27515) 2014-01-10 3:14
WE went to visit Skegness a couple of years ago and had the same impression that you did ... a little tired. Maybe the good summer of 2013 will have raised some well needed funds for the improvement of the British seaside towns.
You have chosen an excellent viewpoint, to use the lines in the shot as guides and for a sense of perspective. The figures add interest and assist in guiding to the strong vanishing point.
My warm regards,
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (2844)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-19
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: United Kingdom
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-10 2:29