British Beach Huts

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    Queen Victoria made sea bathing fashionable with her "hut" on wheels which was trundled down the beach at Osborne Bay on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England. These bathing machines afforded maximum privacy for the ladies who could thus enter the water with only their heads being seen.

    In the early days, huts were often constructed in locations where nothing else could be built. Some of these were constructed from driftwood. One of the loveliest locations of beach huts is on the Isle of Wight. Here they are to be found nestling amongst the cliffs with their own individual plots and secluded little gardens. The simplest of constructions afforded basic shelter to enable beach lovers to spend the day close to the beach.

    Local authorities have been responsible for the construction of many huts and these are to be seen in many parts of the South. They are well maintained and look very smart. Littlehampton on the south coast has many beach huts owned by the local authority alongside its broad promenade which provides traffic free access to the beach and the beautiful River Arun.

    After the war there was a surge in the interest in beach huts not least because war time restrictions had put much of the coastline out of bounds especially in southern England. Elaborate defences against invasion along the beaches usually included coils of barbed wire at the top of the beach head, thereby effectively preventing use of the beach.



    Places like Chichester Harbour were out of bounds throughout much of the war.When peace came, the interest in beach huts was rekindled but because of the post war economic situation, huts were often made of drift and scrap wood. Some were very curious looking, like the early caravan sites where many “caravans” had former military uses. Restricted car ownership in the austerity of post war Britain meant that beach hut ownership was generally the preserve of the locals and the whole environment was very reminiscent of the “Darling Buds of May”. Sixty years later in an environment of endless technical developments and increasing influence of the State and big brother, the simple pleasures of a wooden hut on a beach still brings back the glow of the simple life in the 1950’s.


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