Is this the Fylde coast’s most ornate toilet bowl?
As part of the new Fleetwood 175 exhibitions at Fleetwood Museum, which re-opened for the season yesterday, staff have included an incredible hand-painted toilet bowl.
The splendid item, white, with floral decoration in maroon, gold and green, was donated to the museum service from a house in Promenade Road, Fleetwood in 1968.
Museum Trustee and Friends Chairman Dick Gillingham believes it may be the most ornate toilet in the Fylde area.
He says: “It is certainly a stunning piece of ceramic ware, and when we were selecting from the hundreds of possible exhibits, we felt it was a must!”
The toilet was originally supplied by the old Fleetwood plumbing firm of Woods and Jackson.
Their premises were on the corner of North Albert Street and Kent Street and the painted advertising sign is still visible on the upper wall of the building as can be seen in the new photograph.
The original premises are featured in this advertisement for Woods and Jackson which appeared in a 1925 Fleetwood directory.
The museum’s assistant keeper Lynn Asghar has been working for 18 months preparing for Fleetwood’s special year.
In addition to the splendid new exhibitions, she has created extensive computer files for Fleetwood schools to use for history studies.
A newly-written local history book by local author, Helen Mc Glassen, will be issued free to every primary school child in the port.
A newly-prepared town trail will enable children to search for clues and to win prizes.
Lynn said: “We are glad to be working within the community in such an active way and hopefully helping the children in Fleetwood to discover more of the town’s history.”
Fleetwood Museum will open during the early season from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.