This Daily Echo photo featured in the paper back in March 27, 1940 shows the damage to the beach huts during the spring high tides. The caption for the image reads - Unusually high spring tides caused erosion on the sandspit home of the Mudeford and led to the destruction of wood faggot sea defences erected by the local council. So high were the water at one time that they caused visitors approaching from the Hengistbury Head side to climb the hillside to escape from getting wet. A portion of the narrow-gauge railway, which serves the £19,000 breakwater, was submerged.