Milestones, Boundary Markers, Historical Artifacts, Street Furniture, lost roads and buildings.

There are many traces of our ancestors scattered around our landscape. Mile Markers and Boundary stones are there too. The Milestone Society believes that there are approximately 9000 left in the United Kingdom. Some are cherished but others are hidden in hedgerows, some have been unwittingly destroyed by crashes, road equipment or even stolen. Roads have been straightened to make them safer. There are old gateposts still left in place, old buildings, and place names that declare an evocative past. The aim is to capture some of this information at least photographically before it disappears.

Although the Fylde Coast does not have ancient history, the Romans apparently struggled to Kirkham. There have been huge changes in the last two centuries from literally a a few fishermans' and agricultural dwellings, to a full blown tourist and light engineering industry.

More historical information can be found here about the Fylde coast.

It also seems that time has marched on and left what appears to be some very respectable buildings... which just should be used, but seem to have no worth.

Links from this Blog

Nearly-Midnight The genealogy website relating to the family. A tangled web of people all related to one another, explore!
Memorials Website dedicated to War Memorials - The majority in the North of England. Visits to churches, but also memorials in out of the way places.
Robert Clark The Father of Henry Martyn-Clark - A missionary out in the North-West Frontier of India. One of the first Europeans to set foot in Afganistan
Affetside Census
A small village north of Bury, Lancashire, I can trace many of my immediate ancesters from there. On the Roman Road, Watling Street
Andrew Martyn-Clark My Father and his part in my World. Also my mother and his parents too.
Henry Martyn-Clark My Great Grandfather, his roots and his achievements. Discusses malaria but also his confrontations with Islam.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Whitegate Drive Baptist Church, Blackpool

It is actually positioned at Forest Gate which was originally called Hornby road east.
The church was founded in 1909 and the church opened in 1910. There were extensions in 1927. For the remainder of the church's life subsidence was a constant battle. A decision to demolish the church was taken in 2000. The new building was erected in 2003.The web address of the new church is here.

Taken in February 2012 - An MG Midget just appeared!
A link to the past perhaps.

Taken on the same day. This gatepost is all that appears to be left on the
site from the original church buildings. Slightly shoddy but a really nicely crafted piece.

Taken in May 1972
This is one of a collection of wedding photographs.
The photographer was Phil Bolton - the photographer at the wedding, friend and fellow student.
The copyright is all his!

The chimes -
There is about as much imagination put in the names as there is in the design!

The new church building  - not bad at all!

The long shot from across Whitegate drive.
The road on the left, Forest gate goes and skirts the northern end of Stanley Park and will eventually end at Victoria Hospital.
The right hand fork, Mere Road goes straight to the main gates at Stanley Park