Seaside holidays 10: photo album What do you think you’ll find in this old album? Expand It’s a photo album that belonged to a wealthy family from the 1890s. It includes pictures of their life in Fashionable Folkestone, local attractions and some dramatic events. Here’s a view of The Leas. Can you spot the horses and carriages? Expand Here’s the Cliff Lift to the beach… for those too tired to walk. Expand Time for a stroll along the Victoria Pier? Expand What are these strange contraptions? Expand They are Victorian bathing machines. Bathers got changed inside, then descended a flight of steps to have a swim in the sea, without being seen by prying eyes. The first bathing machine was used at Scarborough in the 1730s and they soon became popular all around the country. Folkestone byelaws stated that a bathing machine used by a member of the opposite sex must be at least 20 yards away! Here is a view of the whole beach Have you ever seen so many people! Zoom in to see what they’re doing. What’s happening here? Expand These children are playing human chess. Can you spot the king, the queen and a castle? What kind of boat is this? Expand This is a paddle steamer leaving Folkestone harbour. What has happened here? Expand This a photo of the Benvenue. She was wrecked in a terrible storm in 1891. The Folkestone Lifeboat helped rescue the crew of the Benvenue and the victims of many other shipwrecks. Here the lifeboat house is being pounded by huge waves: What do these photos show? Expand These images show the results of a dramatic landslip. Houses were very badly damaged. Look at the way the wall of the house in the bottom left image has cracked apart.