Memory Lane: Street changes

Lytham Road shops close to the Junction with Waterloo Road in the 1950s
Lytham Road shops close to the Junction with Waterloo Road in the 1950s
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THE splendidly-named B Fawthrop Pownall presumably offered cures and relief with his massage, chiropody and “medical electricity” in first floor rooms above J W Smith Menswear, along this stretch of Lytham Road close to the junction with Waterloo Road.

The South Shore block is still there today, although few of the rooftop windows remain and frontages have been updated since the earlier picture was taken in the 1950s.

The stretch in 2011

The stretch in 2011

The property housing Mr Pownall’s upper floor practice and the menswear shop is now the double-fronted Lido Royal Cafe swallowing up the neighbouring E A and M A Smith’s eaterie and presumably taking its name from the nearby, but since demolished, Lido Pool.

The Halifax Bank was once Greenhalgh’s ladies wear (only partly seen on the far left of the older picture) and Frank Harbron’s grocery store, whose windows boasted “our own blended teas” and “specialist in all classes of tinned goods”.

On the extreme right of the block, the sign above the first floor window shows how the use of words has changed as “chemist” of J L Dawson days becomes “Chemists” under the mortar and pestle of F Crossley.