Old Blackpool Photos

Old Blackpool Photos

Blackpool is part of everyone’s past. Have a look at our old Blackpool photos that we’ve had tucked away in the Visit Fylde Coast archives.

Our Old Blackpool Photos

Come on a trip down memory lane through the streets of bygone Blackpool… They’re our own photos, just shared in random order. When new ones are published we’ll add them at the top.

Bank Hey Street, entrance to the Tower and Lewis's in the back of shot. Old Blackpool photos, archives from Visit Fylde Coast
Bank Hey Street, the entrance to the Tower – it says ‘Tower World’ on the sign. And Lewis’s in the back of shot. Do you remember the amazing, enormous Lego displays they had in the window of Lewis’s?

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Blackpool South Shore, where Waterloo Headland is. Old Blackpool photos, archives from Visit Fylde Coast
The above photo is the beach at Blackpool South Shore, where Waterloo Headland is now. That’s South Pier before it became an amusement pier. Look how small the sea wall is compared to the new one. Can you remember the old cobbles that were set into the concrete wall?

Blackpool South Beach c1990. Old Blackpool photos, archives from Visit Fylde Coast
In this photo you can see even more clearly how low the sea wall is to the beach. There’s no wonder that it was all completely rebuilt.

Those big yellow bins might have been awkward to empty but they sure were effective in collecting litter. Can you see the sign on the van that says ‘Burgers 60p’. You’d be lucky to get the lettuce for that now! I reckon this is about 1990.

Horse and cart. Old Blackpool photos, archives from Visit Fylde Coast
That’s me, your editor, stroking the horse. I can’t remember the horse drawn cart at all, but I do remember the Lobster Pot (couldn’t tell you where it was though. Do you know?)

Can you remember standing in the old tram shelters on a freezing, windy day and hoping that the tram would hurry up. Then when it arrived you couldn’t get on because it was so full!

Children's area at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Old Blackpool photos, archives from Visit Fylde Coast
I remember well the childrens animal farm at the Pleasure Beach. Do you? It was under the legs of the old wooden roller coasters. The only bit that really sticks in my mind is the pony rides, although I think there were chickens and other small animals. It was the old children’s area with small rides, what’s now Nickelodeon Land.

Busy beach -donkey rides and deckchairs. Old Blackpool photos, archives from Visit Fylde Coast
Sitting on the beach for the day seems to have gone out of fashion, which is a shame. It was certainly something that appealed to children, the beach was always full of kids buildings sandcastles and playing games.

When we arrived on the sands we always set up camp by putting the windshields around the deckchair and then usually building a wall of sand in front of us. It was our demarcation line and the only way you could make sure you didn’t get another family sat practically on your knee, the beach was always so busy.

Busy Blackpool beach. Old Blackpool photos, archives from Visit Fylde Coast
I’d say this is an average day in the 1970’s on Blackpool beach. We’d all pitch our deckchairs for the day and the little caravans provided drinks, snacks and ice cream. The toilets were a troop back to the promenade to visit the old Victorian, wood panelled and green tiled closets. That was in the days when you could literally spend a penny!

Blackpool Tower with flags in 1977, Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
Can you remember the year when Blackpool Tower was festooned with flags? I think I’m right in saying it was 1977 for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee?

Blackpool Central Promenade, circa 1990, Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
This is the old sea wall in front of the Tower in about 1990, before Tower Festival Headland was built. The cabin in the background was one of several in this area – this one was the Tourist Information Centre. You can also see the old canopy entrance on the front of Blackpool Tower.

Blackpool Town Centre - the former M&S and C&A. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
When Marks and Spencer used to be opposite the rear of Coral Island, and when Blackpool had a C&A. (It’s TK Maxx now, of course, and M&S is on Church Street). Look at the old bus too! This is a very young Chrissie Blogger, with Petra, her first dog.

Blackpool South Beach at the Queens Hotel, c 1991. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
How quickly you forget! The old sea wall outside the Queens Hotel at South Shore. Photo taken about 1991.

Blackpool South Promenade and windmill pumping station. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
This is about the same spot on South Promenade as the above photo of the beach at the Queens. See how shallow the drop is from the sea wall to the beach – the waves must have come over there very easily in bad weather.

In the distance is the windmill. It was a well loved landmark but was actually the sewage pumping station!

Blackpool Open Air Baths. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
Do you remember Blackpool Open Air Baths? They were next to South Pier – where the Sandcastle Waterpark is today.

The other notable thing about this picture is just how bad the quality of old prints is!

Hovercraft on Blackpool beach. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
Can you remember when you could get a hovercraft ride on Blackpool beach, near to North Pier?

Blackpool beach - circa 1980. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
At a glance this doesn’t look much different to today – the beach north of North Pier. But in the photo is me, my mum and our first dog, which puts this photo at about 1979/80.

But then, can you see the string of flags/bunting down the left hand side of the Tower? Presumably that was for a big occasion. Maybe the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977?

Blackpool Promenade. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
Blackpool promenade just south of the main entrance to the Pleasure Beach – taken in the 1970’s. Do you know what the scaffolding towers were for on the left? They’re near to the open air baths. Was it for filming an event?

Blackpool Illuminations in the 1970s. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
Any idea when Blackpool Illuminations went oriental? It must have been some time in the 1970’s.

Blackpool Promenade. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
Central promenade, Blackpool. Also 1970’s, Illuminations experts will know exactly when!

The yellow square outlines are above Sands Venue, Coral Island would be on your right. Notice the bridge across the promenade which was demolished some years ago.

Do you remember rickshaws on Blackpool promenade?

Blackpool beach. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
Blackpool beach on a busy day in summer, taken from North Pier. The little caravans sold drinks and ice cream and the vendors used to tow then down to the sands every day. Some of these vans sold the most delicious homemade ice cream.

Boat trips from Blackpool beach. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
In the days before ‘health and safety’ boat trips were popular, sailing from Blackpool beach. This is another old Blackpool photo from the 1970’s.

Hot air balloons flying from Blackpool beach. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
I don’t know why, but this particular year there were a number of hot air balloon flights taking off from the beach at Blackpool, close to North Pier. I remember it ever so clearly, it would have been about 1975. And yes, that’s me, your editor, front of shot in the skirt, hands on hips!

Blackpool North Pier with the fishing jetty. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
It’s a miracle that all three of Blackpool’s piers are still standing after the weather they have endured for more than 100 years.

In this photo from the 1970’s you can see the fishing jetty at the end of North Pier. It was a rickety thing, and very close to the water! It was damaged by storms probably not much later than the time when this photo was taken, and had to be removed.

Blackpool sea wall. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
The old sea wall – steep and built with cobbles, and the old wooden steps against north pier. How many times did you climb up and down them?

If you stand at the seawall neat to the pier you can still see the stumps of the wooden legs which once supported the stairs. I vividly remember seeing punks sat on the steps in the 1970s. As a kid, their safety pins and mohicans fascinated me.

Aerial view from top of Blackpool Tower looking south. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
A bigger photo of the view from up the Tower looking South. The big roof at the bottom of the photo is Sands Venue – being demolished and rebuilt in 2018/19.

Do you remember the fairground rides against the front? In this photo the bridge is there that once crossed the promenade, and look at the little boats lined up on the seafront.

In the foreground of the photo you can see old filament light bulbs on the Tower. Nowadays all of the Blackpool Illuminations are lit by modern LED lamps – using a fraction of the electricity which they once did.

Close-up aerial view Blackpool South. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
And a close up view of the area which is now mostly occupied by Coral Island. The two cream buses in the centre of the shot are where the main T junction is today.

Blackpool South aerial view from top of the Tower. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
This photo looking south along Blackpool seafront was taken from the very top of Blackpool Tower. Can you remember when you used to be able to go up there? Yuk šŸ™‚

Aerial View looking over Blackpool Winter Gardens. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
Another one taken from the top of the Tower, this time looking towards the Winter Gardens. Notice the tangle of buildings between the bottom of the photo and the white Winter Gardens building. Most of them were removed to make way for the Houndshill Shopping Centre.

Aerial view looking to Blackpool North Pier. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
At a glance this looks very similar to today. Look again and you’ll see the old promenade, complete with the deckchair stacks. (The green blocks are stacks of deckchairs covered in tarpaulin. It’s also the old two-lane main road of the promenade, and you can just see the fishing jetty at the end of North Pier.

Cafe under the legs of Blackpool Tower, 1975. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
This was the cafe at the top of the Blackpool Tower building, right under the legs before you went up in the lift.Ā This photo is from 1975 when there were still some small animals and birds housed there but it was once the home of a small zoo. That’s me, your editor in red…

Inside the zoo in the Blackpool Tower building. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
This is from about 1950 also taken in the cafe/zoo area in the Tower. On the left is your editors dad, auntie and grandparents. Look how they are all so smartly dressed for a day trip to Blackpool. How times change!

Yates Wine Lodge, Blackpool. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
The rotunda of Yates Wine Lodge at Talbot Square, lost in a tragic fire – and the pet shop with it.

When she saw this photo,Ā Valerie Thompson told us on Facebook:

“I was just speaking about Yates Wine Lodge the other day ! We (my parents and sister) were on holiday in Blackpool when the Conservatives were holding their Party Conference there. I actually bumped into Margaret Thatcher, this was before she was PM though. Anyway, I believe Yates Wine Lodge was the only pub that sold champagne on tap, and my mum wanted to try it, unfortunately she had broken her ankle after falling off my sister’s platform sandals!! So she had to hobble in there with her leg in plaster. It was full of people from the party conference, but she said that they could not have been nicer, and of course the staff making sure she had a seat and so on. My mum passed away in 2016, seeing this brought back a lovely memory x”

Candy House and Giant man at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
This is the Candy House with the sugar pink roof, right in the middle of Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Next to it the giant holds up the rail of the monorail, and overhead run the cable cars.

Chrissie on the monorail at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
Here’s resident Visit Fylde CoastĀ blogger ChrissieĀ on the monorail at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Our Old Blackpool Photos - archives from Visit Fylde Coast
And here’s another one of a 1970’s Blackpool Pleasure Beach. That’sĀ Chrissie Blogger, first dog Petra and your editor as a little girl! Who knew šŸ™‚

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9 Comments
  1. Blackpool was and still is a great memory for me when I split up from my wife in the 80s I drove up to blackpool with some friends slept in my car and had the most fun ever.to this day in have been hooked on blackpool great pics fantastic to see the beginnings of a great place to visit well done kev

  2. I went to Blackpool yesterday with my 2 sons. Some of my happiest childhood memories are at Blackpool (im 43 now). I was just looking for some old pics and ended up here. It’s amazing how all the memories come back.

    1. Ah, well now you’ve found us Mandy, make sure you sign up for the newsletter and then you’ll get lots of happy memories each week!

  3. Excellent blog, thanks for your words and your delightful, amazing photos which brought back many happy memories. I was in Blackpool yearly, 1971-1980. My father and sis are there as I write but I am far afield. I have been trying to track down any photos or info about an old man and his ‘ride’, in Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It was a simple affair, a binoculars and telescopes attraction. Near to the Fun House and next to The Maze (hedges) in the late 1970’s, he had a shed on stilts, and you’d climb up a wooden ladder, into the shed, and you’d look through the elderly chap’s collection of telescopes, spy glasses, binoculars – all on tripods – and even a deep sea diver’s helmet. A static treat, no glam but all the romance of the fair. My sister, my brother and I remember it well but it was of it’s time, strictly late ’70’s, and people from earlier and later seem not to recall it. Any chance you or your relatives do? Saluti d’ Italia

  4. I remember from the sixties, the Police lost Children Caravan, the WW2 surplus DUKW trucks on the beach. The acres of deckchairs to rent, the richly tiled Victorian/Edwardian underground loos .Blackpool’s answer to Soho, Brian London’s strip Club (Brian London being a famous boxer). Blackpool Borough Police on point duty in white coats and maybe Helmets. Tram crews in Khaki summer uniforms. Richard

  5. A great collection of old photos. The one “average day in the 1970ā€™s on Blackpool beach” with the car and ice cream caravan, the car is a V registration mk 5 Ford Cortina. (YML 908V) This model was introduced in August 1980.

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