A stroll through the Poulton of the past

Blackpool Old Road, Poulton, in 1968, showing a very different view than today where a one way traffic system now operates. 'This picture looks towards The Market Place and Queens Square with The Bull right of centre
Blackpool Old Road, Poulton, in 1968, showing a very different view than today where a one way traffic system now operates. 'This picture looks towards The Market Place and Queens Square with The Bull right of centre

Parts of Poulton once looked very different, although some areas of the town look strikingly similar today to these archive photographs.

This 1968 picture shows Blackpool Old Road, with a considerably different appearance than today – where a one-way traffic system now operates. This photo looks towards The Market Place and Queens Square with The Bull right of centre. The building on the left on the corner of the Market Place was Richards the ironmongers, stocking everything a farmer might need, plus domestic items, it later became The Grapevine. Next to it on Blackpool Old Road was the Stocks Press and then the Old England Confectioners. Both were later demolished and eventually the site became home to a computer shop and an insurance brokers. The Bull remains a popular pub, but today there is no sign of the old mill building on the right, which was demolished to make way for road improvements.

Little Poulton in 1953

Little Poulton in 1953

Poulton Gala procession can be seen winding through the Market Place in our 1929 picture. The Manchester and County Bank was built on the site of the Cyclist’s Rest at the far end of the square, and was later demolished, creating a view of St Chad’s Church. The rest of the buildings in this photograph can all be seen today, including the old Town Hall which was originally The Bay Horse. The Williams Deacons Bank, which later became the Royal Bank of Scotland, stands on the site of the King’s Arms Inn and the whole of the square is now pedestrianised.

Poulton Teacher Training College campus, part of Preston Polytechnic, in Breck Road, was previously the Cotton Industry Convalescent Home and later the Mary MacArthur Home. It is pictured in 1980 and eventually became the home of Wyre Civic Centre.

Poulton market place is shown again, in 1955.

Poulton Teacher Training College campus, part of Preston Polytechic, in Breck Road, was previously the Cotton Industry Convalescent Home and later the Mary MacArthur Home. Picture dated 1980

Poulton Teacher Training College campus, part of Preston Polytechic, in Breck Road, was previously the Cotton Industry Convalescent Home and later the Mary MacArthur Home. Picture dated 1980

The Weslyan Chapel Methodist Church at the junction of Queens Square and Chapel Street, Poulton in 1956.

The Weslyan Chapel Methodist Church at the junction of Queens Square and Chapel Street, Poulton in 1956.

View of the old Poulton Station in 1979, the level crossing in the background crosses Breck Road, close to the junction with Station Road. The roof and chimneys of the Royal Oak, on Breck Road,  can be seen on the left. This line leading to Thornton no longer exists but its course can still be traced alongside Poulton golf course.

View of the old Poulton Station in 1979, the level crossing in the background crosses Breck Road, close to the junction with Station Road. The roof and chimneys of the Royal Oak, on Breck Road, can be seen on the left. This line leading to Thornton no longer exists but its course can still be traced alongside Poulton golf course.

Poulton Gala procession winds through the Market Place in 1929

Poulton Gala procession winds through the Market Place in 1929

One man and his dog standing in Queen's Square close to the junction with Chapel Street in the days long before the one way system.

One man and his dog standing in Queen's Square close to the junction with Chapel Street in the days long before the one way system.

Poulton-le-Fylde market place in 1955, at the junction with Blackpool Old Road. On the corner was Richard's the ironmonger's

Poulton-le-Fylde market place in 1955, at the junction with Blackpool Old Road. On the corner was Richard's the ironmonger's

Hardhorn Road, in the 1940s/50s, looking towards the junction with Fairfield Road to the left and Smithy Lane to the right. Foxes Farm is on the left. Road widening is in progress and the outbuildings on the left have since been demolished

Hardhorn Road, in the 1940s/50s, looking towards the junction with Fairfield Road to the left and Smithy Lane to the right. Foxes Farm is on the left. Road widening is in progress and the outbuildings on the left have since been demolished

Looking towards Fox's Farm from Smithy Lane to the junction with Hardhorn Road to the left and Fairfield Road to the right

Looking towards Fox's Farm from Smithy Lane to the junction with Hardhorn Road to the left and Fairfield Road to the right

Poulton Whit Walk travels through Queen's Square into Higher Green passing the old Methodist Chapel at the corner of Chapel Street in the early 1900s.

Poulton Whit Walk travels through Queen's Square into Higher Green passing the old Methodist Chapel at the corner of Chapel Street in the early 1900s.