Bedford Hotel & Esplanade, c1845

This engraving shows Brighton seafront, looking east, with the old Bedford Hotel on the left.

The Bedford Hotel still exists today, although it was rebuilt following a fire in 1964.

What can we see?

It is a busy scene.

There is a woman, in a billowing skirt, chasing a dog. Is it taking her for a walk?

There are bathing machines on the beach to take modest swimmers out to sea.

A girl is riding in a cart pulled by a goat. These goats carts were a popular seaside ride from the 1830s to the 1950s.

What else can you spot?

Author: Lucy Faithful, Collections Assistant

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