Former Shed of the Year Judge and friend of readersheds Kathryn Ferry, has her great book out – Beach Huts and Bathing Machines
As your know I am fond of these Sheds by the Sea, and as Kathryn is an expert on these structures so it should be a good read..
Behind the enduring popularity of beach huts lies a story of classic British eccentricity. Immensely photogenic and appealing, these colourful seaside buildings are direct successors of the Georgian bathing machine, which first appeared in the 1730s as a peculiar device to protect the modesty of rich and fashionable bathers. Kathryn Ferry paints a picture postcard view of the classic British seaside holiday through the history of beach huts and bathing machines, revealing how the changing fashions in society shaped their design and development. It provides a fascinating celebration of the evolution of the beach hut from its unusual beginnings, to its status as a much-loved and sought-after structure by many a British holiday maker to this day.
I do hope to get a copy to read! (hint hint) and maybe we can get some to give away!
thanks to Alex for the tip off….