Watch the video below up to 4 minutes and 14 seconds. Discuss what difference speed, brought by the railways, made to the lives of the people in Victorian times.
Make a timeline from 1800 to the present day. Mark in significant dates about the development of transport and speed using information from the video clip. You can pause it whenever you need to.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z4fvr82 as far as 4 minutes 14 seconds
Now find where 1871 would be and mark in the Bank Holidays Act which is described below.
The 1871 Bank Holidays Act declared that certain days throughout the year were official holidays (when banks and offices closed). The speed of railway transport now meant that people could quickly travel to the seaside.
Using an atlas, can you find the following coastal resort towns which have had a railway station since Victorian times: Scarborough, Llandudno, Brighton, Blackpool, Weymouth, Minehead, Torquay, Weston-super-mare, Southend-on-sea, Bognor Regis, Eastbourne, Skegness, Formby and any others which you might know. Then plot them on this map of the UK. Trains would have travelled from industrial cities like London, Manchester and Liverpool. Can you guess which cities and seaside resorts may have been connected? Can you look in a road atlas or on a map to discover if they are still connected? Mark these major cities and draw a line to their connecting seaside resorts.