Friday, September 08, 2023

Seaside shelters in new issue of Idler magazine

The latest issue of the Idler is out with my usual column on garden offices and other microbuildings, which this time round focuses on the shedlike seaside shelters around the country. Not just delightful places to hide from the British summer weather, they have also provided third place shedlike working environments as this excerpt explains:

Their appeal has always been wide. King Edward VII and his wife Queen Alexandra spent time on Brighton’s seafront in its shelters, and various examples elsewhere around the country including in Skegness and Margate are similarly now Grade II listed. The Margate shelter’s listing followed a campaign supported by the likes of Andrew Motion and Alan Bennett to memorialise the spot where TS Eliot, recuperating from a breakdown, wrote part of ‘The Waste Land’ (“On Margate Sands./I can connect/Nothing with nothing./The broken fingernails of dirty hands./My people humble people who expect/Nothing.”)


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