Postcards Of The Past

Old Postcards & Photographs

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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.

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.

Blackpool Winter Gardens 1919

The Winter Gardens is situated on a 6 acre site between Church Street, Adelaide Street, Leopold Grove and Coronation Street. The building opened in 1878, originally containing a Vestibule, Pavilion Theatre and Floral Hall. The Opera House theatre was opened in 1889 and the Empress Ballroom opening in 1896.

The big wheel seen in the photograph, known as the Gigantic Wheel, was opened in 1896, it was 220 feet high and contained 30 carriages, each capable of carrying 30 people. The wheel was intended to rival the newly opened Tower, but did not prove popular and was removed in 1929.

Published by Lyric Series. The postcard was sent to ‘The Misses’ Goldman, Bristol Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham in 1919.

Blackpool Victoria Pier 1900s

Blackpool’s Victoria Pier opened in 1893 and was renamed South Pier in 1930. The Grand Pavilion on the end of the pier was destroyed in a fire in 1964 and replaced a few months later by a new theatre. The new theatre was subsequently demolished in 1998 to make way for new white knuckle rides.

Today the promenade to the south of the pier is heavily built up with amusement arcades and the Sandcastle Water Park, although the grassed area (Flagstaff Gardens) seen in the photo is still there.

Although postally unused, we can make an educated guess that this postcard was published between 1902 (when divided backs were introduced) and 1918 (when the cost of sending a card rose from ½d to 1d).

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