Southwold beach huts
Images on the iconic huts on Southwold's beach front
(Photos/words © urban75, May 2007)
Peppered along Southwold's sea front are the famous brightly coloured beach huts, numbering around 300 in total.
Originally fishermen's huts and bathing huts, the tiny wooden shelters are in use throughout the holiday season, and can now change hands for eye-wateringly large amounts of dosh, with figures as high as £40,000 being reported.
The value of the huts depends upon the location and condition, with the southerly properties around Gun Hill commanding the big prices, while the huts to north of the pier aren't so desirable.
Some huts came 'free' with house purchases in the area, and many have now been handed down through the generations.
These are some of the upmarket huts near Gun Hill.
Many of the huts often come with terrible puns and silly names, while some owners really go to town with the paint work.
Heading north towards the pier.
Looking through the hut verandahs.
Beach huts and sea.
Another impressive hut paint job.
Getting ready for the summer season.
Huts on the slightly less-fashionable north side of the pier.
Something of a Swiss Chalet look for this one. We liked the little porthole on the adjacent hut.
Hut for sale.
Looking south with rows of groynes leading out to the sea..
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