A Beach Ready For Bathers

This view across South Bay is possibly one of the most iconic vistas of Scarborough.  It certainly was in 1900, when this archive image was taken, and it remains so to this day.

The Grand Hotel can be seen on the left and perhaps the most noticeable difference in the historic image are the wooden carts on the beach, known as ‘bathing machines’.  These would have been a common sight from the 18th century and lasted until the early 20th century.  They were used as portable changing rooms which were rolled out into the sea to allow the bathers to wade into the water gracefully.  How times have changed!

That’s the end of the trail!  Why not visit the Scarborough Library to find out more about the the town?  Re-trace steps back across the bridge and past The Grand Hotel.  Turn left, then right at the roundabout.  The library is just up the road and on your right.