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Watercolour – Panorama of Folkestone

Date made: 1890 (circa)

Maker / artist: Unknown

Material: paper

Period: Victorian

Accession number: F3851

Panorama of Folkestone from the sea. This late Victorian watercolour is full of detail, showing the railway line, the growing town, the harbour, a paddle steamer about to leave the harbour, rows of bathing machines and Arthur Fagg’s bathing carriages on four rails jutting out into the sea. Each carriage (two were for men and two for women) had 30 cabins which were hauled by 12 men working a windlass into the sea. At the end of each was a diving board and a cage for non-swimmers to keep them safe from drowning.

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