History of St Annes Beach Huts

In the nineteenth century no trip to the seaside was complete without a dip in the sea from a bathing machine. These vehicles were basically beach huts on wheels, used to protect a patron’s modesty when they changed clothes and transport them to the sea shore where they stepped directly into the water from the machine.

You can see these bathing machines on St Annes beach in black white on the images below.The bathing machines evolved into cabins without wheels and a more stable structure, erecting on stronger foundations.

If you look closely at the aerial image you can see these old beach huts in St Annes lining the sand dunes north of the Pier.

The last huts in Lytham St Anne’s were finally demolished in 1980s.

All images are of the actual Beach Huts on St Annes beach