Forgotten Yarmouth Entertainments
by Gareth HH Davies
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ISBN Number: 978-1546412243
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 116
Publication Date: June 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

P.T. Barnum supposedly once said, “Every crowd has a silver lining” and nothing can be more true of the development of Great Yarmouth as a holiday resort in the 19th century.

Inextricability linked to industrialisation and the expansion of consumption of all kinds, the history of popular culture in Britain is diverse and complex, but always relates to a common understanding of what was enjoyed by the majority of people at a given period of time. The main focus of this book is to link the development of popular culture in the 19th century with the growth of Yarmouth as a holiday resort, and, in particular, its relationship with types of entertainments and entertainers who were attracted the town.

Each chapter of this book provides an opportunity to explore an entertainment that took place in the town through particular performers. In doing so, it hopes to reflect the nature of popular performance during the period.

Yarmouth’s populace was no different from other small towns, but for its size, and due to the influx of visitors, it had many more places of entertainment.

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