Esplanade: The Mount

Esplanade: The Mount

The Mount is a small hill on Fleetwood Esplanade. At the top of it is The Mount Pavilion and it’s surrounded by newly restored Mount Gardens.

The Mount Pavilion, on the Esplanade, Fleetwood seafront
The Mount Pavilion, on the Esplanade, Fleetwood seafront

The Pavilion has watched over Fleetwood for over 100 years from The Esplanade, opposite Marine Hall (at the red star on the map below).

A pavilion building has stood there since the town of Fleetwood was first built in the early 1800’s.

The Mount at Fleetwood, Google Map

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Have a look at this great bit of aerial film thanks to ‘Blackpool FPV’. It opens with views of The Pavilion, continuing with a flyover of the Esplanade, on a glorious day.

Drone flight over The Mount on the Esplanade Fleetwood, by Blackpool Lee

This aerial drone flight at Fleetwood Esplanade at sunset is with thanks to Christopher Verity who filmed it, for allowing us to share it.

Drone flight over The Mount at Sunset by Christopher Verity

The Most Glorious Views from The Mount at Fleetwood

Climb to the top of the slope for these most glorious views of Fleetwood’s seafront. Look over the Wyre Estuary and across to Morecambe Bay. On a clear sunny day it really is well worth the effort and one of the things you really must do when you visit Fleetwood.

The Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood
The Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood
View south from The Mount, over the boating lakes
View south from The Mount, over the boating lakes
View of the Marine hall and Gardens from the top of The Mount
View of the Marine hall and Gardens from the top of The Mount
View north from The Mount looking over the River Wyre estuary and Morecambe Bay beyond
View north from The Mount looking over the River Wyre estuary and Morecambe Bay beyond

A Very Generous Gift for The Mount

Fleetwood’s most iconic feature had a facelift in 2016 which restored the railings and shelters to their former glory. The work was carried out thanks to the incredibly generous gift of a £1m donation from the Lofthouse family.

Restored railings around The Mount at Fleetwood
Restored railings around The Mount at Fleetwood

Initial funding of £142,900 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help Wyre Council develop a proposal to transform the landward side of the Grade II registered Mount Gardens, including pavilion, rose garden and gate lodge, to its original Victorian landscape.

A series of events and activities will take place to allow the local community to play a part in shaping plans for the site. Then a second application will be made to the HLF for the full project, totalling around £2.4m, to be submitted in 2018.

The Grade II registered garden was designed by eminent architect and landscape designer Decimus Burton in the 1800s. Features that make it a much-loved attraction include sweeping views of both Morecambe Bay and the town, a rose garden and rockeries.

The unique pavilion perched on top of the hill is also Grade II registered and although empty for some time, it is slowly being brought back into use.

Planting up the Gardens

Wyre Council received a fantastic response to its appeal for volunteers to help with planting in the Gardens.

Volunteers helped to plant 2,000 shrubs such as lavender and eucalyptus. 65 trees and 4,300 flowering bulbs were also planted, including a variety of daffodils, along the length of the esplanade boundary wall.

Local residents Anne Carlos and Norma Banville (below) volunteered because they both wanted to give something back to a community they love.

Volunteers planting at The Mount Gardens, Fleetwood
Volunteers planting at The Mount Gardens, Fleetwood

History of the Mount

The hill on which the Pavilion stands was one of the largest sandhills in the area when the port and town of Fleetwood was but a twinkle in the eye. Find out about the history of it here

The Mount Gardens

The Gardens are lawned and landscaped gardens, with a children’s playground to the rear.

The Mount Pavilion on Fleetwood seafront, lit up at sunset in the snow
The Mount Pavilion on Fleetwood seafront, lit up at sunset in the snow

The building is a well loved local landmark, itself providing many a delightful sight, especially when framed by a west coast sunset for which the area is famous.

The Role of Fleetwood Civic Society

Fleetwood Civic Society has played a key part in looking after the building which we enjoy today.

Yvonne Johnstone and Margaret Daniels from Fleetwood Civic Society at The Mount
Yvonne Johnstone and Margaret Daniels from Fleetwood Civic Society at The Mount

Until recent years there was no water and sewage connection to the Mount Pavilion. After it was vacated by it’s last commercial occupant in the 1990’s it stood empty for a long time, save for the odd open day and special event.

A period of neglect followed, then Fleetwood Civic Society stepped in to make sure that the building was preserved and loved for future generations.

Fleetwood Festive Lights light up The Mount Pavilion at Christmas.

Heritage Open Days

The Mount is one of the buildings which is opened each September by the Civic Society for the annual Fleetwood Heritage Open Days.

You can go inside, take a look at the building, see the workings of the clock, go out onto the balcony and take in the splended views.

The Mount Crest

The Mount at Fleetwood showing the Crest planted up
The Mount at Fleetwood showing the Crest planted up

The Crest is a relatively new thing, installed on the slope to the seaward side of the Mount. It’s a lasting, year round design that replaces the need for costly and labour intensive seasonal planting.

Over at the Fylde and Wyre Antiquarian website, there’s a fascinating article which delves into the past of The Mount, including tales of mediaeval sheep enclosures, a Roman well and local riots!

Would you like your own Mount Pavilion?

Visit Fleetwood is independently published by The Rabbit Patch Ltd. We’re a design and creatives company right here on the Fylde Coast and we have an online shop where we sell our own original art.

This is one of two watercolour paintings – available framed or as a plain print. Follow the link and have a look around at both local scenes and traditional seaside views.

The Mount Fleetwood, watercolour painting from the Seaside Emporium
The Mount Fleetwood, watercolour painting from the Seaside Emporium

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