Brighton Pier, originally known as the Brighton Marine Palace and Pier, was opened in 1899 in Brighton, a city on England’s southern coast. The Industrial Revolution brought disposable income and formalized vacation time to ordinary British people, and the seaside was the perfect place to spend them. Continue reading
The architectural style of English churches went through a radical transformation throughout the latter half of the 19th century. This transformation can be understood as being part of a much broader cultural change. Most importantly, there was a change in the Church of England, of which churches were seen as emblematic. Continue reading
Blyth Battery is a group of First and Second World War-era buildings that have been restored and reopened to the public as a museum. Constructed starting in 1916 in Blyth, a coastal town in Northumberland, the battery included observation points, artillery, ammunition storage and shelters. Continue reading
With the capture of both Olympic gold and Tour de France yellow, 2012 was a watershed year for British cycling. Amateur cyclists shrugged on their jerseys and headed out on the open road in huge numbers—an increase of one million cyclists in the last four years. Continue reading
Northumberland, England’s northeasternmost county, is also its most sparsely populated. This isolation means the area has some of the clearest skies in Britain, and they lend themselves perfectly to stargazing.