Hove Beach Huts

Beach huts were introduced in Hove in the 1930's following the demise of bathing machines and bathing tents on Hove beach. By 1939 there were 473 huts on the promenade. At Hove Lawns originally the huts were placed on the south side of the promenade, in some parts in double rows, thus blocking the sea view from people strolling along the seafront.

As there were many more people wishing to hire huts than there were huts available, in 1947 Hove Council introduced a lucky dip system as the fairest way of allocating the huts. In August 1982 Hove Council invited tenants to buy huts at a cost of £100. Fast forward to 2010 when 17 new huts at Hove Lagoon were all sold within a space of three weeks for £12,500 each. There are now approx 500 beach huts in Hove. Owners pay a licence to the council and must adhere to stringent conditions. There is regulation paint for the sides and roofs, but you can paint the door in any colour, including stripes, though no other patterns. When one owner had his door painted in circles the Council was not amused and ordered a regulation re-paint. During winter storms the beach huts get battered with pebbles and there have been occasions when huts have been blown apart by gales. But in the warmer season a Hove beach hut is the place to be and the prices for these desirable properties just keep going up.

Research and photos by Judy Middleton