There are all kinds of things on the beaches of the Fylde Coast – keep your eyes open and see what you can see.
If you spot anything that you can’t identify on Fleetwood beach, just send a photo in to be published.
If you can identify any of these things, please email to jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk and we’ll publish the suggestions here – until we get to the bottom of it!
Posts at Rossall Point
These posts have been spotted at low water at Rossall Point by the Coastwatch team. Do you know what they are for? One of their guesses is that they are posts for a walkway out to the old beacon, built in 1766.
Thanks to the folks of Fleetwood for providing the answer through the Visit Fleetwood Facebook page: they are what were called fenders and between them ran the old (now disused) sewage discharge pipe out to sea. The posts kept the pipe in place.
Post Tops at Rossall School
What are these wooden posts sticking up in the beach in front of Rossall School? They run at a different angle to the groyne at the left. What are they?
Thanks again to our Facebookers for providing the answer, which is that the posts supported the discharge pipe for the swimming pool at Rossall School. A number of people added posts, remembering the swimming pool at Rossall and the discharge pipe on the beach.
Paul Long, engineer at Wyre Council tells us, “There’s a high concrete wall that forms part of the sea defences just north of the “tank traps” and this was the outside wall of the pool, which was demolished in the mid 1990’s”
Lawrence Houghton says the pipe was cast iron about 9 inches in diameter, and remembers walking and balancing along it many years ago. It was used only for draining the pool which filled with sea water.
Brian Jackson adds “A lot of discharge pipes were laid at an angle to the tide, this stopped back flow of sea water, when in shallow waters. Basic discharge pipes did not have back flow non return gates. In a tide surge or rough seas you could flood drainage systems inland and homes.”
Seafront at Rossall Point