We hope you enjoy these old Fleetwood photos. Have a look back through the history of this planned Victorian seaside town.
The land which is now Fleetwood is mentioned in the Domesday book. It’s sparsely inhabited through the years until the days of Peter Hesketh’s development in the 1830’s.
Very Old Fleetwood Photos
From the 1800’s, the layout and landscape of Fleetwood has changed and grown to create the place that we know so well now. How it’s altered over the years. Do you know of, or even remember, the old buildings, events and people of the past?
This amazing map of Fleetwood is from 1890.
The photo below, taken in 1910, is people on board ‘The Lady Moyra’ paddle steamer bound for Barrow. The only way to get to the Lakes in those days was to take a train to Fleetwood and then a boat onwards. And that’s how the town of Fleetwood grew.
In the next postcard below is the Lady Moyra paddle steamer, which these passengers were sailing on.
On the reverse of this card it reads: THE FURNESS RAILWAY STEAMERS RUN DAILY BETWEEN BARROW AND FLEETWOOD (FOR BLACKPOOL) DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, FORMING AN IMPORTANT CONNECTING LINK BETWEEN BLACKPOOL AND BARROW AND THE ENGLISH LAKES
The advent of modern photography was first an expensive treat, then later a hobby which ordinary people could enjoy. It’s documented the changing face of the country.
More Old Fleetwood Photos
Like scenes of a lot of bygone England, many of the old scenes of Fleetwood are from postcards.
Old Fleetwood Photos of the Open Air Baths
Do you remember Fleetwood Open Air Swimming Baths? Was this where the Leisure Centre is now?
Old Fleetwood Photos of Fishing
Fleetwood is famous for its fishing industry. Many years ago, hundreds of boats used the docks every day to land their fishing catch.
In the next photo you can see the Harriet Fishing Smack being built by the Singleton Brothers. This boat is now on display at Fleetwood Museum where you can see around and inside it. Imagine what it must have been like going to sea in a ship like this.
Look Around with Old Fleetwood Photos
There’s such a lot of history that you can still see everyday in Fleetwood.
Thankfully, a lot of the old buildings still remain and are preserved for the future. Do you look at them and wonder what life must have been like when they were built? These old images give us some idea –
Aerial view of the North Euston Hotel. The football pitch behind it was where Fleetwood Town’s first matches were played. See Fleetwood Pier in the top of the shot along with the Lower Lighthouse and lifeboat house at the right.
Next up is The Mount Hotel. Any ideas what the distant landmark might be to its right? Notice the Victorian shelter front right in Mount Gardens, which was recently restored.
Explore More on Pinterest
We love to look at your old photos of Fleetwood and we’re growing a collection on our Pinterest Board ‘Old Fleetwood’ Take a look!
We’ve picked out these interesting Tuck Postcards for you to look at below.
Old Fleetwood Photos from More Recent Times
We’ve been here since 1999 and sadly I didn’t have the presence of mind to take lots of photos of Fleetwood as it was back then. These few old Fleetwood photos are from the Visit Fylde Coast family archive.
The photo below was taken in 1990 at The Esplanade. This is the Blackpool and Fylde College training station, before the new RNLI was built. See the ferry coming into the docks.
These photos were all taken on a Fleetwood docks open day, about 1979.
On the same open day, that’s your editor in the pink dress – I’m about 10! Who knew I’d be back all these years later!
Rossall Coastwatch Tower
It’s amazing how quickly you get used to new things. The former, small tower at Rossall Point was only recently demolished, in 2012. Take a look here at the old building, artists impressions and the building of the new Tower.
Links to External Sites
Are you a member of the Fleetwood’s Past Facebook Group? It’s a mine of fascinating information and if you’re not in it you should be!
Explore the history of Tuck Postcards here
Have you got anything to add? Email your photos, questions and information to jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk
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