Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mountain history, hairdressers

I was just searching through some local history and came across this nugget about huts on Mount Wellington.
The original Blue Bell Hut was built in 1891 (Cornish photo text 11) and was rebuilt in 1898 by a group of hairdressers, including Messers Salter & Abbott. This second hut burnt down soon after completion. Forest Hut 1 was built on the site of the Blue Bell Huts. There is however a major inconsistency…
I am imagining Messrs Salter and Abbott and their colleagues working hard all morning then breaking for lunch, and perhaps listening to some Beyoncé on the portable gramophone.

[Image above of another similar hut is courtesy of]

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