Town history in new pub’s name

Matt Jones, Lee Thelwell and Lisa Thelwell, part of the management team at the new Layton Rakes Wetherspoons, Market St, Blackpool
Matt Jones, Lee Thelwell and Lisa Thelwell, part of the management team at the new Layton Rakes Wetherspoons, Market St, Blackpool
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PUB giant JD Wetherspoon will open its new £2.3m Blackpool venue next week – creating 50 jobs in the process.

The Market Street pub, which will be called The Layton Rakes, will open on November 22 managed by Lee Thelwell.

The new-build venue will specialise in real ales, serving a wide range of beers, including those from local and regional brewers.

Mr Thelwell said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a good addition to Blackpool’s community.”

The name of the pub has its roots in Blackpool’s history. Britain’s largest seaside resort took shape from the eighteenth century onwards in the sparsely populated coastal area of Layton with Warbreck. Recorded in the Domesday Book, the village of Layton was connected to the sea by Layton Rakes, later Raikes, which is now Church Street.

The word Rake is a Scandinavian word, meaning a path. It was at the seaward end of Layton Rakes, known as Lane Ends, close to the site of the new pub, that the resort later developed.

A spokesman for Wetherspoons added: “Photos, local history artwork and information boards relating to the history and characters of the area, will be displayed in the pub, as well as commissioned artwork by local artist Alistair Parker.

“There is an illuminated sculpture of Tower Circus entertainer Charlie Cairoli, a large mural depicting local landmark buildings and fixed seating in the style of a waltzer and a carousel.”

The pub, which is on two floors, will include an external roof terrace and a pavement-cafe style area to the front near the entrance where smoking is permitted.

Wetherspoons already runs two pubs in Blackpool, The Albert and The Lion in Bank Hey Street and The Auctioneer in Lytham Road.