A coastal his­tory

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HIS­TORIC Cutty Sark in its fi­nal sea­wor­thy years on the Thames, the Queen El­iz­a­beth II, last of the great Bri­tish pas­sen­ger lin­ers, about to make her maiden voy­age and Brighton West Pier and Southamp­ton Royal Pier when they still adorned their re­spec­tive seafronts in the 1950s are among the most mem­o­rable of the 150 black-and-white and colour im­ages brought to­gether in a new book from His­toric Eng­land, Eng­land’s Mar­itime Her­itage from the Air, by Peter Waller (£35).

Drawn from the Aero­films col­lec­tion, now in the hands of English Her­itage, pic­tures and text of­fer an aerial view of the chang­ing face of Eng­land’s sea­side towns, naval bases, ports and ship­yards, the de­cline of in­dus­try and the growth of the mar­itime leisure in­dus­try, from the early decades of the 20th cen­tury up to the present day. Jack Watkins

Brighton West Pier in the 1950s fea­tures in a new book by English Her­itage

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