Hive Beach

A short walk up the 'CUTTING' or 'Cliff Road' brings one to 'LOOKOUT' with a wide view of the HIVE -
the local name for the beach. HIVE = hithe = a safe landing place (or small haven).

'Lookout' was used to look for shoals of Mackerel which was the cue for the fishermen to get their Lerrett boats out


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George Swaffield and crew putting in Herring drifts C. 1907 Early view
Fiishing with net or line provided money. Special boats
called 'Lerretts' coped with the strong surf.
Safe landing place
Note cart track on cliff C. 1920 Note cart track on cliff
Horses and carts taking shingle off the beach Horse drawn carts taking shingle off beach
A moment of peace as the boats, (not the fish as shown in the picture), are blessed in an ancient ceremony - now discontinued. Blessing of the boats
The cliff road - providing access for Fish and Pebble carts from the village earning income for villagers. Cliff Road
C. 1912 Looking west Looking west C. 1912
Lerrett boat on beach C. 1925 Lerrett on beach C. 1925
The Hive as it was in 1918. The Hive in 1918
A fisherman on the beach
Fisherman on beach
An early view of Hive Beach
Early view
C. 1923 Seine Nets laid out on Hive Beach
Seine nets laid out on beach C. 1923
Hive Beach 1930
Hive Beach 1930
General view of beach looking east
General view looking east
General view of beach looking west General view looking west
Long distance footpaths (South West Coast Path) in the 1890's allowed unrestricted access to land all along the coast of South West England. So, Burton was directly linked to 'Golden Cap', the highest point on the south coast and beyond. View towards Golden Cap
The Old Coastguard House caravan centre - note caravans in top field. Old Coastguard House caravan centre
This picture shows that visitors have been holidaying here for some time. Early holidaymakers
After war was declared in 1939, and American forces arrived to train for beach landings and cliff scaling in Normandy. The 'cliffs o' Burton were suitable training grounds for men such as these in photo 212. Cliffs
Old Coastguard House caravan centre - a more recent aspect of tourism - taking your 'home' with you. Old Coastguard caravan centre
An old aerial photograph shows the village, 'Lookout', and the 'Hive' in relation to one another. Beach Road is new relative to the old Cliff Road up from the beach seen in the next photo (188). Old aerial photo of beach
View of Hive Beach View of Hive Beach
C. 1950 Hive Beach from the cliff heights Hive Beach from cliffs C. 1950
Mrs Mabel Hussey braids nets in the 'Cock of the walk' with Tom Swaffield holding the oar. The houses on the left belonged to Mr Howarth and Dr McGregor Braiding nets on the beach
C. 1945 Tom Swaffield and Mabel Hussey Tom Swaffield & Mabel Hussey C. 1945
A third change for 'The Hive' was initiated by the construction of Beach Road, allowing motor cars easy access to the beach. Parking is now controlled by the National Trust, whose cafe provides the tourist with a variety of food and drink. Constructing Beach Road
C. 1930 view of Hive Beach C. 1930 view of Hive Beach
Hive Beach looking west C. 1938 Looking west C. 1938
Carts, and later lorries, carted shingle up Cliff Road C. 1954 Carting shingle off the beach C. 1954
American soldiers still had time to prepare for the evenings, this open air salon opening for business on the Chesil Beach at Burton Bradstock. Photograph: Imperial War Museum US Army soldiers having a hair cut on the beach
Sunbathers on the beach Sunbathers on the beach
The beach The beach
Beach The beach
The cliff path as you might see it today Cliff path today
The bungalow on Hive Beach as you might see it today Bungalow on beach today
View of Golden Cap as you might see it today View of Golden Cap today
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