I’ve been asked a question about beach huts. What are they used for? It’s an English obsession! I guess beach huts do exist in other parts of the world, but I bet they started out here! The beach hut started out as a ‘bathing machine’, a kind of beach hut on wheels, in which the bather would change into a swimming costume and then a horse would draw the machine delivering the bather straight into the sea! Have a look at this page for more information.
Since WW2, the humble beach hut has become very popular. They exist all round the UK’s beaches. The hut is used for storing all the accoutrements one might require for a day on the beach. On bright summer days you can see occupants sitting outside their huts, doors flung open, sitting on deck chairs at collapsible tables, partaking in a cup of tea brewed on a little stove, maybe cooking on a portable barbeque. Some beach huts are quite works of art inside, in fact, there are some artists who exhibit in some stone built huts over in east Worthing. They are locked up at night so people leave their things in them permanently. You can either buy one or rent one, these days for the price we paid for our first house!
Here’s my friends Pam and Lorraine sitting outside Pam’s beach hut last summer. Pam cooked us a lovely lunch of soup and bread bought along to the beach and heated through on her portable stove. As you can see it was a bit breezy this particular day! We tried to put up an umbrella but it kept blowing over. A great illustration of another British obsession, sitting on the beach pretending the weather is sunny when in reality it is wet and windy!
Our local council stipulates that the beach huts have to be white, although I have noticed that owners are beginning to paint the gables with colour. But in other parts of the UK the huts themselves are colourful.
Here’s some favourite photos of beach huts that we have visited in other parts of the UK: