Life at the shore often includes beach huts in the UK, and there are about
20,000 of them scattered along the island's coastline which measures
approximately 8,000 miles.
The history of these small wooden buildings is timeless.
To own one is like having a precious piece of shoreline history in your
pocket. To purchase one these days can be like buying a quite decent
full-sized house. . . . . . .you'd need deep pockets!!
One hut, in Dorset, was recently for sale at over five hundred
thousand pounds, twice the price of the current average home.
Apparently it's cute but doesn't have a toilet!
These are the colorful huts along the beach at Corbyn Head in my
hometown of Torquay. I spent a lot of my childhood beach days
here, swimming, fishing for hermit crabs in the rock pools, picnicking,
and even managed to almost get stranded with a friend at high tide
in the red sandstone caves in the cliff!
Behind the beach is The Grand Hotel where author Agatha Christie
spent her honeymoon. Born and raised in Torquay she is now celebrated
annually - info below if you are interested in attending in September.
What an amazing author she was!
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, (née Miller;
15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer known for her
sixty-six detective novels and fourteen short story collections, particularly
She also wrote the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap, which
was performed in the West End from 1952 to 2020, as well as six novels
under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott.
In 1971, she was made a Dame (DBE) for her contributions to literature.
Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling fiction writer
of all time, her novels having sold more than two billion copies.