I suppose one would have to know a little of the history of British seaside towns, and specifically St Leonards, to fully understand the bedlam of Bulverhythe.
The Victorians, with their increased wealth and free time, raised the profile of the seaside and, during that period of social revolution, Decimus Burton raised the profile of St Leonards on Sea.
The ‘trendy’ area was a couple of miles to the East but, the plebeians were getting free time too and needed somewhere to go.
This area continued to develop and in 1933 a wonderful Lido was constructed which was enjoyed right through until my childhood. Then, after a period of neglect and no investment, the venue was raised to the ground in 1989. The great wasteland that still remains today signalled the end of tourism for this part of the coast however, locals still like to keep their chalets here as it is a dog friendly beach and the parking is not as extortionate as elsewhere. Some of the colonnades of the lido building can still be seen along the cycle track.