I nearly had a dicky-fit when I first saw this 1881 newspaper advert!
- Old 1881 newspaper advertisement
“The Coleridges at Liberty…..Vacant through the SUDDEN COLLAPSE OF THE PAVILION, SKEGNESS!”
1881 – the Pavilion not long built, and before Skegness had a newspaper to report any partial or otherwise ‘collapse’ it may have suffered!
After grabbing a stiff drink (any excuse lol), I studied the wording analytically – the advert was appealing to other showbiz people, so maybe “collapse” is old showbiz jargon for ‘the sudden annulment/collapse of the CONTRACT with the Skegness Pavilion’? Rather like a builder might say to his mate today “the Manorcrest Estate (contract) has fallen through” – “the Manorcrest Estate has collapsed”.
So, which is it??
Source: The Era (London, England), Saturday, August 13, 1881