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The Norwegian Chalets

Mike Wilson, historian and writer

The Sketch, 10th August, 1898

Towards the far southern end of the sea wall in Bridlington, five Norwegian-style chalets were built by Whitakers in 1898. The Sketch for 10th August that year shows a photograph of the first property with the explanation: "Among the curious houses in this country are the Norgwegian chalets which are the rage of Bridlington Quay. They are built almost entirely of wood, present a most refreshing variety of appearance and accommodation in striking contrast to the monotony of arrangement usually found in the speculative contractor's eligible villa. They also afford an object lesson to the British bricklayer on strikes intent, as it has been found practicable to import the whole building completely fitted and ready to put together anywhere."