Historic railway bridge is out of bounds

Tithebarn Street, Poulton, with the railway bridghe in the distance. From the book Poulton-le-Fylde Through Time by Christine Storey

Tithebarn Street, Poulton, with the railway bridghe in the distance. From the book Poulton-le-Fylde Through Time by Christine Storey

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TAKE a good look at the road in this photograph because you are not going to be able to travel along it for the next five months.

It is Tithebarn Street, almost at the last stretch as you head up to Poulton from Carleton.

In the distance is the railway bridge which is to be demolished and rebuilt by Network Rail in order to allow enough headroom for the long-awaited electrification of the line between Blackpool North and Preston. A specially-built footbridge will help maintain pedestrian access between Poulton and Carleton for the next 22 weeks.

The picture appears in Poulton-le-Fylde Through Time, part of Amberley Publishing’s popular series which has already covered various parts of Lancashire and further afield. Just like Memory Lane’s Then and Now section, the easily-accessible format sees each page highlight a particular view from days gone by and accompany it with the same scene as it looks in the present day.

The Poulton title has been compiled by local historian Christine Storey, who says: “When the railway line from Poulton to Blackpool was built in 1846, a level crossing was put in place on Tithebarn Street. However, when work began on a new station at the top of the Breck in April 1894, a new crossing point was needed at Tithebarn Street. This time a bridge was built over the line running from Poulton to Blackpool.”

Christine adds: “For this to happen some cottages had to be demolished. Most of the houses in the photographs were built around 1900. More recent building close to the railway bridge, incorporating two shops, completes the modern scene.”

Among the vast array of images featured across 96 pages are the auction mart behind the Golden Ball, the stretch of Blackpool Old Road formerly known as Bull Street, and Potts Alley linking Chapel Street with Market Place.

Christine Storey began her research into the history of Poulton more than 30 years ago. Her interest in the past, present and future of the market town originally stemmed from her research into her Lewtas ancestors who have lived in the Fylde since the 15th century. She is a founder member and past chairman of Poulton-le-Fylde Historical and Civic Society and a past chairman of the Lancashire Local History Federation.

The book costs £14.99 and is available at www.amberley-books.com (10 per cent discount and free P&P) and local book stores on the Fylde coast.