The ‘Seagull’ (locally known as the ‘Barge Aground’) was built as a seaside folly by a theatrical impressario between the wars. It was taken over by the occupying Nazi forces during the Second World War, camouflaged, and used as a mess. Post war, the owner gave the building to the Scout Association and it was used by the local scouts until a new Scout Centre was constructed nearby in 2001.
By 2004, the ‘Seagull’ had fallen into disrepair: windows were stoved in and the exterior painted a drab orange and black. We reconstructed the interior with the help of photographs and archaeological evidence, reinstating crittal windows and companion-way steps to the ‘deck’ on the roof. The missing rudder was re-built and the name re-gilded. Authentic period furniture has been used to furnish the space. There is a small galley and bathroom in the stern of the vessel and two cabins in the bow have fitted bunks.