Weston Shore is likely to have been used by fishing communities for hundreds of years. In the 19th and early 20th century there were also factories on the foreshore, such as the Rolling Mills munitions factory built in 1917.

A hut used by fishermen, the Seaweed Hut, was in place by at least 1783, demolished in 1967.

The shore was developed for leisure in the 1930s. The Art Deco beach shelters from this period are still in place. They have been restored, including added artwork, but attract vandalism and graffiti.

1. One of the beach shelters

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Photograph by Caroline Andrews, 2016

2. Shelter showing open ground behind

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Photograph by Caroline Andrews, 2016

3. Shelter showing road

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Photograph by Caroline Andrews, 2016

4. Shelter with tower blocks in background

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Photograph by Caroline Andrews, 2016

5. View from shelter

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Photograph by Caroline Andrews, 2016

6. Some of the art in the shelters

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Photograph by Caroline Andrews, 2016

7. More of the art in the shelters

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Photograph by Caroline Andrews, 2016

8. Art showing sand patterns

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Photograph by Caroline Andrews, 2016

Have you got memories of West Shore? Please contact us if you would like us to add your memories to this page.


Further reading:

"Brief History" in Weston Shore Management Plan 2009-12, Southampton City Council.

Links:

https://westonshore.wordpress.com


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