Heritage

Blackpool goes way back.  There have been all kinds of things happen in the resort and the surrounding areas over the years.  Find out more here!

Historic Pub Gets A New Lease Of Life

Blackpool's Halfway House pub is situated at Squires Gate just opposite the business park.  It has a long history as a pub in Blackpool and long before the business park and the supermarket, it was once the favourite watering hole for the carriages as they arrived at Blackpool's borders in the 19th century. The Halfway…

Blackpool Central Mosque: Heritage

The Blackpool Central Mosque is a Sunni Mosque in Blackpool.  The building is a purpose built Mosque that is used for worship and as an Islamic Community Centre. Before the current Mosque was built, the previous venue for the Mosque was located on Rigby Road. The current Imam is Maulana Ashfaq Patel.  Patel is also…

Marine Hall, Fleetwood: Heritage

A short drive north of Blackpool is Fleetwood, and here, on the waterfront, you'll find the Marine Hall.  Built in the 1930s, the Marine Hall is one of the newest buildings in the Heritage open days. The Marine Hall was first opened in 1935 and is made from brick and concrete in an art deco…

Heritage: The Grand Theatre

Today, we take a look at one of Blackpool's most beautiful buildings, The Grand Theatre. The Grand Theatre In the Early Days Designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1894, the Grand Theatre in Blackpool has been the entertainments venue for shows, plays and concerts for more than a century. This stunning Victorian theatre was…

World Healing Crusade Centre – Heritage

The World Healing Crusade Centre is an Edwardian building that was built in 1911.  It was initially used as a private home but in the 1950s, it was acquired as a venue for the World Healing Centre. The building itself is quite stunning and doesn’t seem to fit in with the urban style of Blackpool…

Search For Blackpool Graffiti War Hero

[caption id="attachment_2627" align="alignleft" width="300"] Do you know who this Blackpool graffiti war hero may be?[/caption] Judging by this apparently 74 year old scribbling on a barn wall near Bayeux, it's not just the youth of today who leave their mark in graffiti artwork.  The search is on for a Blackpool Graffiti War Hero. The find…

Lost Blackpool – Bispham Boat Store

[caption id="attachment_2520" align="alignright" width="300"] The path leading down to the boat store.[/caption] There are new sea defenses on the Promenade in Little Bispham, but not so long ago, there was an underground boat store, which was previously used as a car park.  The space was filled in preparation for the work on the sea defenses,…

Heritage: The North Euston Hotel Fleetwood

The North Euston Hotel is a hotel in Fleetwood. It was built in the early 1840s and stands today as a Grade II listed building.  Construction Built following a design by Decimus Burton, the hotel has a grand look to it and it is a welcoming sight to visitors.   Burton was an architect who was…

Free Heritage Open Days in Fylde and Wyre 2018

We've already posted about the Blackpool Heritage Open Days 2018, so we thought we'd bring you a separate article for all the other FREE Heritage open days that will be taking place in September for the Fylde and Wyre areas surrounding Blackpool.   St Annes-on-Sea Parish Church WW I & II Graveyard Memorial Trail St Annes Parish…

Blackpool Heritage Open Days 2018

We’ve been pretty busy today with family stuff, but we took some time out of our busy schedule to bring you guys some exciting news for September.  Every year, the Heritage Open Days throughout the country attract thousands of people, all keen to find out more about their hometown or about significant places of interest. …

An Amazing Service – Blackpool Lifeboat Station

The RNLI Lifeboat station in Blackpool doesn't get anywhere near the amount of recognition that it should do.  At this time of year, when more people are enjoying the beach, maybe drinking more alcohol than usual or just not taking care when they are in the sea, the lifeboat service need to constantly be on…

Blackpool Holidays From Days Gone By

With summer well and truly here to stay (at least for another couple of weeks anyway), we thought we'd check out some memories of Blackpool holidays from days gone by.  Even though it may be dirt cheap these days to hop on a Ryan Air or Jet2 flight and hot foot it out of the…

Blackpool Heritage Open Days – Save The Date

Blackpool is full of history.  Many buildings hold significant importance to England's heritage and we have a number of Grade II listed buildings and a couple of Grade I listed buildings too.  If you are passionate about Blackpool and the Fylde Coast and you'd like to learn more about some of the local heritage, then…

The Copycat Tower That Didn’t Survive

[caption id="attachment_2374" align="alignleft" width="259"] The New Brighton Tower in its hay day[/caption] You would be forgiven for thinking that this grainy, black and white photograph depicts our very own Blackpool Tower, but if you look closer, you’ll notice that there are a few differences despite the many similarities. This is because it’s not the Blackpool…

Blackpool Heritage – Funny Girls/The Odeon

Once the largest Odeon Cinemas outside of Leicester Square, the building that currently is home to the Funny Girls cabaret show and Flamingo's bar is a Grade II listed building in the heart of Blackpool. The Original Odeon Cinema Built by Oscar Deutsch, the cinema has 1,684 seats in the stalls in addition to the…

Blackpool Heritage – Little Marton Windmill

The Little Marton Windmill is a tower windmill that was built in the 19th century. Initially used for milling corn, it is now a Grade II listed building. The site where the current windmill stands was also home to a previous windmill. The current one was built in 1838 by John Hays who was a…

Blackpool Heritage – St John The Evangelist Church

Before there were any churches in Blackpool, All Hallows Church in Bispham was the only place of worship in the area.  This was used for all local marriages, burials and baptisms.  The Original Church In 1821, a church was built where the current St John's church stands. Consecrated on July 6th 1821, it was dedicated…
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