The beach huts at Frinton-on-Sea have bourn the brunt of many weather events. Not the least of which was in 1949 when a tidal surge washed them away entirely from not just Frinton-on-Sea but Walton-on-the-Naze as well. Such extreme weather raised the whole question of the inadequacy of the tidal defenses in Essex and many debates were had. Tragically, it took the weather of 1953, when the death toll of the floods was in the hundreds, before significant work was done. Much later, the weather of 10th January 1978 was so severe that gales decimated the beach huts, transforming them into no more than piles of wood.
Frinton on Sea History
The attractive seaside town of Frinton-on-Sea was, until the 1890's, a single church and collection of houses. It was as a result of the Victorian boom in seaside destinations within reach of London that, first, Peter Bruff and, then, Powell Cooper, developed Frinton-on-Sea into the town it is today. Cooper was concerned that the town should retain a sense of decorum and so he insisted that there be no pier and he prohibited the building of boarding houses and pubs. Frinton became renowned for its high class hotels and attractive shops, in Connaught Avenue (once labeled the 'Bond Street' of East Anglia). Among it visitors was Winston Churchill, who rented a home in the town and because of whom Frinton-on-Sea was the last town in Britain to be targeted for bombing by the Luftwaffe in 1944. Frinton-on-Sea remains, at least to outsiders, a conservative town and still has just one public house, The Lock and Barrel, which opened in 2000.
In 1937 the Frinton Summer Theatre Season was started by the Cambridge Academic, T P Hoar. As a result there are many famous actors and actresses who have performed in Frinton-on-Sea at the beginning of what were to become glittering careers. Among them are Gary Oldman, Vanessa Redgrave, David Suchet, Jane Asher and Linda Bellingham.