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‘Over Sands to the Lakes’: Journeys over Morecambe Bay before and after the Age of Steam

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Publication date1/12/2020
Host publicationSandscapes : Writing The British Seaside
EditorsJo Carruthers, Nour Dakkak
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030447809
ISBN (Print)9783030447793
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This chapter responds to the theme of this collection by offering an exploration of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century representations of the sands of Morecambe Bay. Weaving together works of fiction and literary nonfiction, I consider the recurrent portrayal of Morecambe Bay as a threshold and a frontier. Specifically, I examine the reiteration of this conception of the Bay in the works of William Wordsworth, Ann Radcliffe, Edwin Waugh and others. Collectively, these accounts bear witness to a period of remarkable change in human encounters with Morecambe Bay that took place over the course of the nineteenth century. They offer insights into how the extension of a railway around the bay during the 1850s altered the way people experienced, understood, and represented the passage over the sands.