The Railway Carriage Houses
I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside!
In the early 20th Century, people living in big towns and cities were able to travel to the sea thanks to the development of the railways and the introduction of the motor car. The Sandy beaches and unspoiled nature of the Manhood Peninsula attracted many car owners to visit and stay.
Converted railway carriage home, early 20th Century. Courtesy of Selsey Photo Archive.
In order to provide accommodation for this boom in tourism, disused railway carriages were placed along the beach and adapted into holiday homes. Many of them are still in place, especially along the north-eastern edge of Selsey.
Download our ‘All Aboard’ trail from our free Walks & Trails library, to take a walking tour of the carriages along Selsey’s seafront.