Britannia’s Hut being dismantled

In 1959, members of the Blake family, longshoremen at Ventnor over several generations, dismanted Britannia’s Hut, the wooden structure on tall stilts that over many years formed the home of Miss Olivia Parkes (locally known as Britannia). The hut had originally been built for the Undercliff Swimming Club in the 1880s, was bought by the Blakes for winter storage of some of their boats before being acquired in the later 1920s by Miss Parkes.

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