Two different days same walk, link to pictures http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/817L/id7.htm bit sleepy for some unaccountable reason, I can’t say I worked particularly hard, to be honest I spent a lot of the day researching the relationship of the development of the Thanet towns from 1750, because of the cure.
Something along the lines of around 1750 some London doctors discovered that if they had failed to cure most diseases with bleeding, mercury, quicksilver, purging and so on, then sending their patients of to the sea to drink seawater and be ducked under the sea by professional dunkers would cure almost anything.
Because only the rich could afford this treatment and the Thanet towns were the most accessible from London by sailing hoy in the days before railways I think the seaside holiday developed out of watching rich friends and relatives being stripped and dunked.
Of course the poorer people would have gone for the same cure we have today, which is basically splashing around in the sea and drinking a bit of seawater.
I have put rings on the 1780s painting by Benjamin West of Ramsgate Sands to decode what is going on
The orange one shows the observers with the telescopes, the blue one the wealthy patient and the green one the professional health workers, called dunkers.
Also one without rings
I also publish a guide book that was first published in 1763 to help people through the business, here is the link http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/catalogue/a_description_of_the_isle_of_thanet_1763.htm
And here is the link to the books that went out in the bookshop today http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/catch-22-in-bookshop.html