Thursday 10th to Sunday 13 September 2014
Fleetwood is a fascinating place with a rich heritage and lots of historical buildings - many more than you'll probably imagine and from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September you'll be able to look around the ones that interest you.
The Heritage Open Days are organised all over the country by community groups and Civic Societies in conjunction with English Heritage who manage the scheme on a national basis.
Fleetwood Civic Society is one of 1400 such organisations who between them muster up 40,000 volunteers to put on this national event every year, that delights over 1 million visitors. Fleetwood Heritage Open Days can rightfully say that it's part of Englands biggest voluntary cultural event!
Buildings of every shape, style and function show of their architectural treasures and secrets, helped by knowledgeable local guides who organise events and tours to share their local knowledge and bring the place to life.
Fleetwood Civic Society and Heritage Open Days
Meet Margaret Daniels and Yvonne Johnstone, two passionate women if ever there were! We met on a blustery, showery morning and took a walk to the top of The Mount, where we sheltered from a shower and marvelled at the stunning view.
l-r: Yvonne Johnstone and Margaret Daniels at The Mount
The Civic Society in Fleetwood has one simple aim, in fact it's one that we share, to promote Fleetwood and everything that it has to offer and encourage people to see what a marvellous place Fleetwood is. Heritage Open Days provides a perfect way to do that, attracting a few thousand people every year, with over 1000 coming to see The Mount and the Lower Lighthouse alone, from not just the Fylde Coast but a good distance inland too.
They've shown many children around these buildings from inland towns, the idea being that they instill a taste for the seaside in them and when they go home they enthuse to their parents and create a good impression about how nice Fleetwood is, and the family returns for holidays and outings.
I remember the craft shop in The Mount when we first came here about 20 years ago - it was the Civic Society who rescued this unique building from the doldrums after it had been stood empty for years and years. Once they'd campaigned and got the building back into working order, they were based for a long while on the top floor and had displays of local memorabilia and kept their headquarters open every weekend for the public to look at.
These two are a walking mine of local information, and fascinating to hear. I didn't know that the clock at the top of The Mount was a memorial to the First World War and donated to the local people of Fleetwood. I couldn't say I'd ever heard it chime, until as we were stood there it did!
Along with many locals, I also didn't know that our two lighthouses are still working. That's largely because they are designed to be seen from sea. But if you take a trip up the Lower Lighthouse on Heritage Open Days with Yvonne, she'll tell you everything that you want to know and more.
Fleetwood Civic Society are responsible for the open days at The Mount and Lower Lighthouse, and individual buildings then look after their own openings - but the Civic Society then collate everything, find the money to run the event and promote it as a whole, starting the mammoth task in February each year. All members give their time freely for the love of Fleetwood and the chance to promote it.
Take a look at the agenda and plan what you'd like to see this September.
Fleetwood Heritage Open Days are all free of charge and right here in the streets of Fleetwood. Open to everyone, whether you live next door or are on holiday, or have a passion for Decimus Burton or lighthouses and long to find out more!
Click on the cover to download your copy of this brochure
In Fleetwood you can visit these buildings with FREE entry to all participating sites
The Mount Pavilion, The Esplanade
A chance to admire fantastic views of Morecambe Bay and the Pennine Hills from the balcony, even the Isle of Man on a clear day.
See what you can pick out from the direction finder.
The clock on top of the building was presented to Fleetwood in memory of those who lost their lives in the First World War.
The internal workings of the clock are on view upstairs and the mechanism can be seen as it strikes every quarter of the hour.
Open Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 4.30pm
The Lower Lighthouse, The Esplanade
A rare chance to see inside and witness the amazing views from the balcony of the Lower Lighthouse.
Discover the history of the lighthouses and how they work together to bring sailors, trawlermen and ships safely into port.
Open Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 4.30pm
Fleetwood Museum, Queens Terrace
Free entry on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Heritage Open Days. Open Tuesday to Saturday till the end of October, when normal entrance fee will apply. Fleetwood Museum - helping to safeguard YOUR heritage.
Fleetwood Civic Society wish to thank Fleetwood Museum Trust and Friends of Fleetwood Museum for their support and contribution towards the brochure.
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11.00am to 4.00pm
Marine Hall, The Esplanade
The Marine Hall will be open all weekend for people to look around.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm
North Euston Hotel, The Esplanade
This is one not to be missed, an eye opening tour of the historic cellars beneath the famous North Euston Hotel.
The North Euston Hotel was built 1840–41, to a design by Decimus Burton. During the second half of the 19th century the building was used by the War Department as a School of Musketry; by the end of the century it had reverted to its original purpose. The hotel has been designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage.
01253 876525 to book a tour Open Sunday 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Euston Park Gardens, The Esplanade
The seafront area around the landmark North Euston Hotel is steeped in history - as the place where growth of the town began in the past history of Fleetwood. Find out more about the interesting history of this park and its contents
Saturday and Sunday 12 noon and 2.00pm
Fleetwood Masonic Hall, 32 The Esplanade
Although Freemasonry has flourished in Fleetwood since 1863 when the first lodge, Hesketh Lodge, named after Fleetwood’s founder was formed, it was not until March 1956 that local Masons moved into the Masonic Hall on the town’s Esplanade. Formerly a 17 bedroom orphanage, it has been transformed into a building which visitors are welcome to enjoy as part of the Heritage Week tour.
Open Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm
No booking necessary. Access to disabled users via rear of building, entry off Bold Street.
Lifeboat Station, The Esplanade
Take a look at the Lifeboats, Equipment and station facilities. There has been a Lifeboat Station in Fleetwood since March 1859. We are looking forward to 2016 when we get a state of the art Shannon Class lifeboat to replace our Tyne class which is over 25yrs old.
Open Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm
St Mary's Church, Lord Street
The foundation stone of this church, which was designed by Edward W Pugin, was laid on 17th May 1866 by the Bishop of Liverpool. Built over the next two years at a cost of £4000, the church was given Grade II listed status in 1978. There will again be a special display to remember the parishioners who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday mass 8.30 &10.30
St Peter's Church, Lord Street (Market end)
Is an active Anglican parish church in the Diocese of Blackburn. It was completed in 1841, to a design by Decimus Burton. Burton had been employed by Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood in 1836 to lay out the new planned town of Fleetwood. It is protected as a Grade II listed building. Exhibition of Art inside the church
Open Friday and Saturday 10.00am - 4.30pm
Light refreshments available to purchase
St Nicholas Church, Junction of Broadway and Highbury Avenue
This Church may, at first glance, look very modern with its origami-like folds and massive brick arches. Yet, it is essentially a conservative building whose structure in many respects follows the traditions of the previous millennium. The church is the work of Laurence King (1907-1981), perhaps better known in Lancashire as the architect of the corona and spire of Blackburn Cathedral. The foundation stone was
laid by Nicholas Meynell Esq. on 15th October 1960, when the site was hallowed by the Bishop of Blackburn
Free tours Saturday 11am & 3pm Sunday 3pm, Light refreshments available
Open Saturday 10.00am - 5pm Sunday 1.00pm - 5.00pm
St Wulstan's Church, Poulton Road
St Wulstan’s present church was opened in March 1961 at a cost of £40,000..
View the original paintings above the altar in the ‘old church’, built in
1925, now behind the stage in the school hall, (Sunday 11.00am - 1.00pm only)
Craft Exhibition and refreshments available in ‘Green Hut’
Open Saturday 10.00am - 3.00pm (Mass 10.30)
Sunday 11.00am - 3.00pm (Mass 10.00)
The Mount Church, Emmanuel at the Mount, Mount Road, FY7 6RE
The Mount Church, which opened in 1907, was originally built as a Sunday School for the Primitive Methodist Church. In 1912 it became the centre for all their church meetings. The Memorial Hall was added in 1930 and the Community Hall a later addition in 1975. Within the chapel the lovely original carved wood panelling fronts the balcony and pulpit area. The organ was installed in 1933. The many memorial
plaques are evidence of the important contribution the church has made to the heritage of Fleetwood. Since 2014, Emmanuel Church have been using the building as a centre for their ministry.
The church is open for tours (no booking necessary) and light refreshments.
Heritage Day opening times are:
Saturday 12 September 2015 Guided tours 10.15, 11.15, 13.30, 14.30
Open for light refreshments 10.00 to 16.30
Sunday 13 September 2015 Guided tours 13.30 and 14.30
Open for light refreshments 12.30 to 16.30
Sunday Church Services 10.30 am and 6.00 pm
Nearest bus stop: Lord St/Preston St. Nearest tram stop: London St
Cemetery Walk, Beach Road
A chance to find out about the heritage of the cemetery.
Open Thursday 10.00 - 12noon
Please ring 01995 602125 for more information
Memorial Park Heritage Walk, Warrenhurst Road
Discover the history of Grade ll listed Memorial Park with Friends of Fleetwood Museum and the Friends of the Memorial Park
Friday 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Please ring 01995 602125 for more information.
Fylde Country Life Museum, Farmer Parrs, Wyrefield Farm, Rossall Lane, FY7 8JP
Farmer Parrs Animal World is a popular tourist attraction in Fleetwood. It is also home to the ‘Fylde Country Life Museum’, a large museum arranged over 2 floors containing thousands of local artefacts. Run by volunteers from the Fylde Country Life Preservation Society, it plays a vital role in keeping local history alive. A real hidden gem – so why not take a walk down memory lane? The museum
also has a small section dedicated to WW1 which includes a re-creation of ‘The Somme’ trenches
Free entry on Friday and Saturday for Heritage Open Day (please mention you are visiting for Heritage Open Day at the farm entrance)
Open Daily, normal entrance fee applies.10.00am - 5.00pm
Rossall School, Broadwater, Rossall
Built in 1844, Rossall School is a traditional British boarding school on a 160- acre campus with striking architecture.
Heritage Tours 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm
Public swim 3.30 – 5.30pm
Visitors should register their attendance by emailing:
firstname.lastname@example.org Open Sunday 13th September
Coffee Shop open serving light snacks and hot/cold drinks to purchase 12.30pm—3.00pm
Jacinta, Freeport Fleetwood
Fleetwood’s Heritage Trawler. Hear the story of a great industry that gave birth to a unique community of fishing folk.
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am—3.30pm
Entry via gate within Freeport. - Restricted mobility
Autumn Birdwatch, Rossall Point Picnic Area and car park
Join the Rangers as they watch the last of our summer and first wintering birds migrate over Rossall Point. We will walk to Rossall Point and watch from the observation tower.
Sunday 13th 9am – noon Grade: Easy. 1 mile, bring binoculars
Rossall Point Heritage Walk
A short walk along the prom to the geographical Rossall Point. Learn about the international importance of Morecambe Bay for wildlife and the fantastic feats of migrating birds. During the walk we will look at Fleetwood’s roman connection and the history of the ‘landmark’. Spotting wildlife along the way.
Sunday 13th 2pm – 3pm Grade: Easy
Tramper, wheelchair accessible, dogs welcome, bring binoculars
Rossall Point, Outer Promenade, Princess Way
Take a look at one of Fleetwood’s newest buildings and find out about the heritage of Fleetwood’s coast and Morecambe Bay. Meet the volunteers and take part in a craft activity.
Please ring 01995 602125 for more
The new observation tower is also home to the National Coastwatch Institute, from where volunteers keep a watch over the sandbanks and beyond, into Morecambe Bay. It assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around our shores. Meet the volunteers and learn about their work. Limited access
Both open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4.00pm
Sunday 2.00pm - one hour Heritage Walk
Fleetwood Well, Queens Terrace
An unique opportunity to see a rare well uncovered during restoration work in the grounds of a house in Queen’s Terrace. This 30ft deep well dates from around 1836
Open for viewing Sunday 11.00am -4.00pm
Access from rear of building – follow signs from Kent St.
The Mount, open for Fleetwood Heritage Open Days
Fleetwood Lower Lighthouse, open for Heritage Days
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