Even though Hornsea is quite a small town, only about 8,000 people live here, it has always been a busy tourist town. Back in the early 19th Century Hornsea was advertised throughout Yorkshire as the ‘must go to’ place on the coast.
Beach chalets (huts), horse racing on the beach and bathing machines were mentioned as reasons to come to Hornsea. The train station arrived in 1864 and was built to enable people to travel to Hornsea on holiday and also to link the town with the city of Hull for business. The station was closed down in 1964 as it was said that it wasn’t needed any more and the buildings were eventually turned into houses. The photograph shows the old train station when it was still being used.
(Image courtesy of Hornsea Civic Society)