‘Bathing boxes’ evolved from the wheeled bathing machines used in the early nineteenth century to protect the modesty of the Victorians. Their popularity gradually increased and, as they became available to a wider social mix, they were labelled ‘holiday homes for the toiling classes’. During World War II all UK beaches were closed, but their re-opening in the late 1940’s and 1950’s led to the heyday of the beach hut.
Several seaside resorts have to this day maintained the beach hut tradition. Some huts are privately owned, others are rented from the local council. In North Norfolk, where these pictures were taken, rental prices in high season have been reduced to £135 per week to attract custom. The huts lack utilities but have splendid panoramic sea views.
The occasional hut acknowledges that we are now in the twenty-first century – as Harry Potter fans will appreciate!