Lee-on-The-Solent – the seaside resort that died

As I live near the sea in Hampshire, books on the heritage of the traditional seaside holiday have always intrigued me. Hence, of course, I snapped up Sarah Freeman’s “Beside the Sea” tome on Amazon and promptly read the thing from start to finish. One section called out to me – the one on Lee-on-The-Solent,…

Shanklin Revisited

My happiest childhood memories are of the Isle of Wight and a small seaside village – Shanklin.  It’s been a while since I last visited and I was hoping against hope that it would appear the same. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. We used to stay at a beachside hotel called Shoreside which I adored – we…

The World’s Longest Bench?

Sometimes I come across objects on my travels which really do stir my imagination.  In the rather traditional beach resort of Littlehampton in West Sussex, I came across – what I am told is – the world’s longest bench. It is apparently 324 m long (1,062 ft), is still growing and offers a seafront perch to all…