Postcards Of The Past

Old Postcards & Photographs

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Warton Guides House

The Guides House Hotel and Cafe were located on the edge of the Ribble Estuary, on Guides Lane, which ran off Mill Lane, in Warton near Preston in Lancashire. The name would seem to indicate that early occupants of the house guided people across the River Ribble. There certainly were guides in the 18th century, as Peg Mill (after which Mill Lane is named) was brought across the river to the Guides House in 1771.

The building, along with the lane itself and much of the buildings on Mill Lane, have long been consumed by the airfield – initially used by the RAF and American Air Force during World War II and now operated by BAe Systems

Wesham General View

General view of Wesham

A general view of Wesham (pronounced Wess Ham and named because it lies to the west of the then hamlet of Kirkham), seen from the railway goods yard.
I’m not sure what year the picture on this card is from, but I do know Wesham & Kirkham had mills until the 1960s. The grey coloured building on the left of the picture is Wesham Park Hospital, formerly the Fylde Union Workhouse.

St Annes On Sea, The Crescent 1905

The Crescent, St Annes On Sea around 1905

The Crescent in St Annes On Sea is a railway bridge, lined on one side by buildings, most of which contain shops and on the other by the Crescent Gardens. The bridge was built around 1885, with the shops being added between 1887 and 1901. The gardens were opened in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee.

Today, The Crescent remains remarkably unchanged, although there are fewer trees in the gardens now.

Published by I E Leach, St Annes On Sea. Posted on 7 July 1905.

Lytham Market Square 1908

Lytham, Market Square around 1908

Looking from Clifton Street and Park Street, towards the Market Square.
The shop on the left side of the image was soon to become the Midland Bank (now HSBC). The shop on the right, Stringers, is still there today. In the centre of the image is the Market Square. The building with the tower, is the Market Hall which was built in 1847 with the clock tower added in 1870.

Lytham, Market Square July 2016. Source: Google Street View


Published by Valentine’s. Posted from 8 Albert Street, Lytham to 3 Church Road, Harrington, Workington, Cumbria on 18 August 1908.

Douglas Harbour, Isle Of Man

Douglas Harbour 1968

Looking down on the harbour at Douglas on the Isle Of Man, taken in the summer of 1968 taken from Fort Anne Road by my grandmother. The ship at the harbour wall was operated by the Isle Of Man Steam Packet Company (as is the one on the Street View image below).
The building with the spire to the left of the harbour is the Isle Of Man Sea Terminal, built in 1965. When this photo was taken, the circular structure with the spire was the Crow’s Nest Restaurant, but today it it used by harbour control.
The structure in the sea behind the harbour wall is the Tower Of Refuge, located on St Mary’s Isle.

Douglas Harbour 2010 – Google Street View


St Annes Hotel 1915 & Today

The St Annes Hotel stood on St Annes Road West, across from the railway station. Opened in 1876, it was the first public building in St Annes on Sea, which itself was only founded a year earlier in 1875.
The hotel was demolished in 1985, when refurbishment costs became too high, and was replaced by shops and a pub.
The location of the St Annes Hotel today. As you can see, the hotel has long been demolished and in its place are shops and The Town House pub.
The hotel’s Grade II Listed bar still remains though, now named Burlingtons and located beneath the Town House pub.
Published by Spring Brothers, St Annes. Posted to Tom Boardman, Oldham Road, Rochdale in 1915.

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