Old Fleetwood Photos

Old Fleetwood Photos

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.

Find out more about the history of Fleetwood here

Very Old Fleetwood Photos

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From the 1800’s, the layout and landscape of Fleetwood grew to create the place that we know so well now. How Fleetwood has changed 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.

Old Fleetwood photos - Map of old Fleetwood from 1890
Map of old Fleetwood from 1890

The photo below, taken in 1910, is people on board ‘The Lady Moyra’ paddle steamer bound for Barrow. Taking a train to Fleetwood and then a boat onwards to the Lakes was the only way to get there then. And that’s how the town of Fleetwood grew.

Old photos of Fleetwood - Fleetwood to Barrow for the Lakes
Fleetwood to Barrow for the Lakes

In the next postcard below is the Lady Moyra paddle steamer, which these passengers were sailing on.

Old photos of Fleetwood. Lady Moyra Paddle Steamer from Fleetwood to Barrow. Tuck Postcards
Lady Moyra Paddle Steamer from Fleetwood to Barrow. Tuck Postcards

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.

Old photos of Fleetwood. Fleetwood Prom and Lifeboat house
Fleetwood Prom and Lifeboat house in the early 1900’s

More Old Fleetwood Photos

Like scenes of a lot of bygone England, many of the old scenes of Fleetwood are from postcards.

Old Photos of Fleetwood. Fleetwood Railway Station
Fleetwood Railway Station
Old Photos of Fleetwood. Fleetwood Railway Station
Inside Fleetwood Railway Station
Old photos of Fleetwood. Fleetwood Railway Posters
Fleetwood Railway Posters

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 photos of Fleetwood. Fleetwood open air swimming baths
Fleetwood open air swimming baths
Old Fleetwood Photos. Fleetwood Outdoor Baths in 1909
Fleetwood Outdoor Baths in 1909

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.

Old Fleetwood photos. Fishing boats coming into Fleetwood
Fishing boats coming into Fleetwood
Old photos of Fleetwood. Inshore Fishing Boats at Fleetwood Docks
Inshore Fishing Boats at Fleetwood Docks

In the next photo you can see the Hariet 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.

Harriet fishing smack being built by Singleton Brothers. Old Fleetwood photos
Harriet fishing smack being built by Singleton Brothers
Fishing boats in Fleetwood Docks. Old Fleetwood photos
Fishing boats in Fleetwood Docks
Old Fleetwood photos. Fleetwood fish market in 1937
Fleetwood fish market in 1937

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 remain and are preserved for the future. Do you imagine what life must have been like when they were built? These old images give us some idea –

Old Fleetwood photos. North Euston Hotel Fleetwood, 1937
North Euston Hotel Fleetwood, 1937

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.

Old Fleetwood photos. Fleetwood Town first pitch, next to North Euston Hotel
Fleetwood Town first pitch, next to North Euston Hotel, 1933

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.

Mount Hotel Fleetwood. Old Fleetwood photos
Mount Hotel Fleetwood
The Esplanade and Mount. Old Fleetwood photos
The Esplanade and Mount
The Marine Hall and Gardens. Old Fleetwood Photos
The Marine Hall and Gardens
Hand coloured postcards of Fleetwood Memorial Park, from the 1920s. Old Fleetwood photos
Hand coloured postcards of Fleetwood Memorial Park, from the 1920s
Old Fleetwood photos. Fleetwood's old police station on Victoria Road
Fleetwood’s old police station on Victoria Road

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We love to look at your old photos of Fleetwood and we’re growing a collection on our Pinterest Board ‘Old Fleetwood’

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Tuck Postcards

We’ve picked out these interesting Tuck Postcards for you to look at below.

Fleetwood promenade 1903, Old Fleetwood photos
Fleetwood promenade, 1903
Boat entering Fleetwood Harbour 1909. Old Fleetwood photos
Boat entering Fleetwood Harbour 1909
Isle of Man boat leaving Fleetwood 1909. Old Fleetwood photos
Isle of Man boat leaving Fleetwood 1909
Knott End Ferry 1909, old Fleetwood photos
Knott End Ferry 1909
Fleetwood pier from the Mount, 1909. Old Fleetwood photos
Fleetwood pier from the Mount, 1909
Fleetwood Esplanade and the Mount with the pier in the distance, 1909. Old Fleetwood photos
Fleetwood Esplanade and the Mount with the pier in the distance, 1909
Fleetwood Marine Gardens, 1909. Old Fleetwood photos
Fleetwood Marine Gardens, 1909
Fleetwood boating pool 1909, old Fleetwood photos
Fleetwood boating pool 1909
Mount Hotel Fleetwood 1909, old Fleetwood photos
Mount Hotel Fleetwood 1909

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.

Fleetwood Esplanade in 1990. Old Fleetwood photos
Fleetwood Esplanade in 1990

These photos were all taken on a Fleetwood docks open day, about 1979.

Fleetwood Docks open Day circa 1979. Old Fleetwood photos
Fleetwood Docks open Day circa 1979

Fleetwood Docks open Day circa 1979. Old Fleetwood photos

Fleetwood Docks open Day circa 1979. Old Fleetwood photos

Fleetwood Docks open Day circa 1979. Old Fleetwood photos

On the same open day, I’m about 10! Who knew I’d be back all these years later!

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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2 Comments
  1. The picture of the Mount Hotel from the top of the Mount, you ask what the distant landmark on the right might be. I think it could be the HM Coastguard look out station, when Fleetwood had a resident Coastguard officer. It was knocked when Fleetwood relied on Auxiliary Coastguards and then the odd shape thing was built almost on the same site.

    1. Jane Rabbit

      Well that’s fascinating. So that’s where the Rossall Point Tower is then.

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