Skegness is an English seaside town on the North Sea coast of
Lincolnshire with 19,579 residents. The original Skegness was situated
farther east but much of it was lost to the sea in the 1520s after the
natural sea defences which protected its medieval harbour eroded.
Rebuilt along the new shoreline, early modern Skegness was a fishing and
farming village. From the late 18th century members of the local gentry
visited for holidays. After the railways arrived in 1873, the major
landowner turned the town into a seaside resort. It became a popular
destination for holiday-makers from East Midlands factory towns such as
Nottingham and Leicester. Despite the advent of the package holiday
abroad in the 1970s, Skegness has a loyal visitor base; it has attracted
new tourists and its affordability has fuelled a rise in visitor numbers
since the 2010s recession. With a reputation as a traditional English
seaside resort, the town received over 1.4 million visitors in 2015.
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