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.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Waterloo Road bridge toilets

I recall when this building were Ladies and Gents toilets. However they have gone through a few changes over the years. Another comment on the internet believes they may have been a tramstop. Not sure trams ever went over any of the Blackpool bridges. I could just about buy into a bus shelter. They have been a variety of little shops over the years but they have never done well and ultimately gone down the plughole!

The road climbs to the crest of the hill then goes off to Spen corner.
To the right the road goes to the Royal Oak pub and then to the sea front.
South Shore station is just to the left.

I think these ornaments must have been added later,
they don't seem weather battered enough to be original

The concrete/stonework  is in a poor state of repair,
only a matter of time before they come down I suppose.
There are very few old public toilets left in Blackpool, most have been flattened, maintenance is a real issue.

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