It's amazing what gets washed up on Studland beach at high tide, and it's even more amazing what they do with it once discovered. This WW2 anti-ship mine was simply given a lick of paint and put on display on the lane which leads down to Middle Beach. I suppose they took the ton of high-explosive out of it before planting it on the verge, but I have no reason to believe that from the outside, and I didn't want to kick it too hard to see if it sounded hollow.
At the foot of Chesil Beach, there is a little bird-watching and wildlife centre, and among the exhibits is flotsam and jetsum which has washed up in the numerous bays of the area. Amongst them are a dolphin's skull (which I first thought was from a bird of gigantic size), parts of a Hurricane fighter which crashed into the sea during the war, pieces of a Barnes Wallis, 'Bouncing Bomb' which was tested in Portland bay and several 'messages in bottles' which have arrived over the years. One of these bottles contains a greeting from someone in Arizona, USA, and another commemorates the fact that a passenger of a cruise liner gave up smoking on board ship, but doesn't give any locations or dates.
Now this is where all the local Hobbits go for a beer at night in the Studland area - I know this because I was mistaken for one by a drunk tourist. I know he was drunk, because I am at least 4 feet taller than the average Hobbit, but just to make sure I am never embarrassed in public like that again, I have had my hair cut. That car is a 1940s Vauxhall, if anyone is interested.
The two windows directly above the apex of the entrance was H.I.'s and my room for the night, and had a good view of the bay and the ghastly Bournemouth way over on the other side. The lights looked nice when twinkling at night, though.
This pub is called , 'The Bankes Arms' and is named after the previous Lords who ruled it over the area since the Norman times. The Bankes family built Corfe Castle - a massive and sprawling ruin perched on top of an impossibly steep knoll a few miles inland. For some of you (you know who I mean) the name 'Bankes' is not unfamiliar, and I wonder if there are some land titles up for grabs in the area? Considering the average 10 foot by 10 foot beach-hut sells for about £200,000, then I think this is well worth looking into.