Blue2Hi, Jo here, doing a bit of exploring.

Regular readers will know I like to browse period newspapers. Usually I'm looking for a specific event or detail, or reading around a date. Sometimes I just look for amusement. I know, I know. Odd things amuse odd people!

I did start with the keyword "Dawlish", which is where I live, just to see if I could find any Regency references. I found one, and it was slightly interesting. Dawlish(As always, click on an image to enlarge it.

(Added later. Lady Mallet Vaughan was the daughter of the first Earl of Lisburne, and Mallet was her Christian name. She died unmarried in Dawlish in 1858 at the age of 92.)

I'm not sure where the public rooms were. I found a bit on line from a Regency source. "The lower part of Dawlish is principally occupied by those who visit it for the recovery their health, or, in the summer, by casual visitors, and excursionists. As it is essential to the comfort of the invalid, that all his wants should be within the least possible distance of being supplied, the lower part of Dawlish contains the baths, the public rooms, and a level walk, supplied with seats, for exercise and rest. The houses on the beach, that the advantage of sea bathing may be obtained as near as possible, are as close to the sea, as their protection from its wintry turbulence allows; the machines being in front of them."

From WILLIAMS, Thomas Hewitt: PICTURESQUE EXCURSIONS IN DEVONSHIRE: THE ENVIRONS OF EXETER. Pt. II. Description of Dawlish, Luscombe and Teignmouth.

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