Beach Huts Bournemouth
A beach hut is a small, usually wooden and often brightly coloured, box above the high tide mark on popular bathing beaches. They are generally used as a shelter from the sun or wind, changing into and out of swimming costumes and for the safe storing of some personal belongings. Some beach huts incorporate simple facilities for preparing food and hot drinks by either bottled gas or occasionally mains electricity. At many seaside resorts, beach huts are arranged in one or more ranks along the top of the beach. Depending upon the location, beach huts may be owned privately or may be owned by the local council or similar administrative body. Today there are believed to be around 20,000 beach huts in the U.K. These were photographed at Bournemouth where some of the earliest purpose built beach huts in the UK were erected either side of Bournemouth Pier in 1909. Designed by F. P. Dolamore, Bournemouth's Borough Engineer, they were offered for hire for £12 10s per year. 160 huts, or bungalows as they were styled, were initially built before the first world war. The Council believes that some of the original huts are still standing, including the oldest hut number 2359 which is marked with a blue plaque, although the majority were renewed in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, Bournemouth features around 520 huts owned by the Council, There are in addition a further 1200 privately owned huts. Cited in Wikipedia.