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As familiar as the ubiquitous deckchair seller and ice cream stands, the humble beach hut is a recognisable stalwart of today’s seaside landscape. It is hard to imagine a time when their often colourful facades weren’t present, yet this current incarnation is very much a twentieth century phenomenon which appeared as part of a long tradition begun by the use of the bathing machine two centuries earlier. This book traces the development of the beach hut’s place in the seaside vista, from the period when the beach ceased to be purely the domain of fishermen and smugglers, and became a place for restorative recuperation for the wealthy, as prescribed by doctors as a cure-all solution for a host of ailments. In the nineteenth century travel to the coast was made increasingly accessible by an ever-expanding rail network offering cheap fares, and the introduction of weekends and bank holidays for workers ensured that leisure trips to the sea were available for everyone. An increasing demand for entertainment and accommodation led to the birth of the seaside resort, and with it, the development of the seaside features we know and love today. It has become something of an architectural icon, and this book tells its story, with the help of numerous illustrations.
Number of Pages: 64
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Author: Karen Averby
Street Date: July 1, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-37-8330
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