G’day via Queensland from Layton Tom

Layton Lane (now Road), Layton looking south circa 1910. On the left by the postbox is the junction with Camden Road. On the right is number 44, where ex-pat Tom Barton lived in the 1930s and 40s. The whitewashed wall is part of Smith's Farm, whose barn survives today as Old Farm Garage.

Layton Lane (now Road), Layton looking south circa 1910. On the left by the postbox is the junction with Camden Road. On the right is number 44, where ex-pat Tom Barton lived in the 1930s and 40s. The whitewashed wall is part of Smith's Farm, whose barn survives today as Old Farm Garage.

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From Down Under comes a photograph from the early 1900s of Layton Lane, Layton, which later became Layton Road.

It is shared by ex-pat Tom Barton, who says he lived at number 44 - on the right of the picture - in the 1930s and 40s. On the left is a postbox at the junction with Camden Road and in the distance on the left, the whitewashed wall is part of Smith’s Farm, whose barn survives today as Old Farm Garage.

Layton Lane, Layton, circa 1910

Layton Lane, Layton, circa 1910

Tom’s friend in Blackpool apparently sends him the Tuesday and Saturday editions of The Gazette each week so he can follow our Memory Lane nostalgia.

Eighty-year-old Tom was born in the resort and attended Devonshire Road infants and juniors before going on to Claremont Boys Secondary School.

He says: “I have some wonderful memories of Blackpool and in my teens the Tower and Winter Gardens were the places to be on a Saturday night after playing soccer in the afternoons.”

Tom retired in 1968 and he and his wife then emigrated to Australia to be with their children.

Tom says: “I have got many pictures of old Blackpool but there is still one thing missing in my book of memories and that is a picture of the old Claremont School which was on the corner of Claremont Road and Cromwell Road, North Shore.

“My memories of that school are for sport. I just loved it and in my last year I was captain of both the cricket team and the football team.

“I played for Blackpool schoolboys’ football team at Bloomfield Road. I also won the Claremont seniors championship athletics competition and to finish off I was voted schoolboy of the year in that final year.

“So now you see how much I would like to get hold of pictures of the old school.”

He adds: “I am now 80-years-old and there would be nothing better than if I could get one last visit to my old town - up the pool!

Tom ends his letter: “Best wishes to my old town Blackpool.”

Can any readers help Tom in his search for Claremont School photographs?

If so, you can email him at tombarton68@gmail.com or by post to 7006/101, Lindfield Road, Helensvale, 4212, Queensland, Australia.

Local historian Ted Lightbown has supplied the inset photograph of the same postcard clearly showing the post box at the corner of Camden Road. Beyond it and the row of houses is the barn of Smith’s Farm, which survives as Old Farm Garage. The white garden wall beyond is in front of the farmhouse itself, which went for Beetham Place and the row of shops towards Caunce Street in the 1930s, when shops and houses were also built on the rising ground south of Caunce Street. In the distance can be seen Layton Lodge and its attached farm house. It stood behind the No. 4 Hotel.