Traces of Blackpool's Past

Traces of Blackpool's Past

You can see the history of Britain’s original Victorian seaside resort in the architectural traces of Blackpool’s past. They’re all around the town, just look up, down and around.

Here at Live Blackpool we’re keen on doing just that – in fact it’s a wonder we don’t bump into things! It’s amazing what you can see when you really look and pay attention to your surroundings.

While going about our daily life we all see things just as they are right now. But pay attention and you’ll see the traces of Blackpool’s past on many of buildings, which were built in another time altogether.

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Traces of Blackpool’s Past – Rawcliffe’s Outfitters, Church Street

Traces of Blackpool's past at Rawcliffes outfitters above Costa Coffee, Church Street
Traces of Blackpool’s past at Rawcliffes outfitters above Costa Coffee, Church Street

Above Costa Coffee in Church Street, Blackpool, the building is topped off with an ornate piece of carved stonework, bearing the name ‘Rawcliffe’s’.

Rawcliffe’s was a gentleman outfitters, and the place in which many of you once bought your uniforms for school, the scouts and guides.

There was also a store in Southport. The Blackpool store closed in the 1980’s and moved further along Church Street to a store near the Winter Gardens, which is now also closed.

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Traces of Blackpool’s Past – Ironsides Terrace

1897 nameplate on Ironsides Terrace, one of many traces of Blackpool's past
1897 nameplate on Ironsides Terrace, one of many traces of Blackpool’s past

This photo was taken back in 2015 and was posted with the message “I can’t for the life in me remember where it was! It’s somewhere in Blackpool town centre – do you know where it is?”

Jeannie Bell, who works at Grantham’s, got in touch to tell us that it’s on Charnley Road, opposite their building. It’s above the Alviston Hotel. That does make sense because Grantham’s is one of our favourite haunts here at the Rabbit Patch!

However, we’re still no wiser about it’s origins. Do you know anything about the history of Ironsides Terrace?

Traces of Blackpool’s Past – Adelaide Street

Traces of Blackpool's past on Adelaide Street
Traces of Blackpool’s past on Adelaide Street

This beautiful piece or decorative architecture can be found on Adelaide Street (at the back of the Winter Gardens).

It graces one of the hotel properties opposite the car park. Who or what was JS and why is this plaque there?

Traces of Blackpool’s Past – 1923

Traces of Blackpool's past on Clifton Street, above Hogarths
Traces of Blackpool’s past on Clifton Street, above Hogarths

MCMXXIII – or 1923 to you and I – is carved in Roman numerals on the facade of a building on Clifton Street.

Now Hogarth’s Gin Palace (as of 2017) this beautiful sandstone building is near to the site of the former Yates Winelodge which was lost to fire.

What was this building used for when it was originally built?

Traces of Blackpool’s Past – Old Post Office Buildings

Blackpool Central Post Office was the building at the left of Abingdon Street Market (with the line of red phone boxes outside). It’s to be reinvigorated as the Red Box Quarter.

Do you know anything about this original architectural brickwork?

Old Post Office Buildings, traces of Blackpool's past

Traces of Blackpool’s Past – Catholic Schools

‘Catholic Schools 1898’ is carved in stone in the roof gable of this sandstone building on Talbot Road.

Traces of Blackpool's Past - Catholic Schools 1898, Clifton Street
Traces of Blackpool’s Past – Catholic Schools 1898, Clifton Street

It’s at the end nearest to the Town Hall. between Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church and ‘Home’ the grey faced nightclub. It’s just at the right of the phone boxes in this photo.

Traces of Blackpool's Past in Church on Talbot Road Blackpool

Do you know anything about this old building? Presumably it was built as a school in 1898 – but by who?

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