Step back in time to a rarely-seen glimpse into Fylde’s past.
During the Second World War, between 1940 and 1941, batteries of coastal artillery were placed at vulnerable points along Britain’s coastline, in order to bombard enemy ships taking part in any invasion attempt.
This emergency coastal defence battery programme saw guns taken from ex-Royal Navy vessels scrapped after First World War and subsequently put into storage, brought back into service.
Shown here are Home Guard manning an anti-aircraft gun, at Albany Road, St Annes, on April 27, 1942.
The photograph, from our archives, has been stamped as ‘passed’ by the Ministry of Information – meaning it was allowed to be published during wartime. Once the war was over, the defence points were no longer needed.
Two of our photographs show the gun battery observation point (BOP) at Fairhaven Lake being demolished. It was blown up in April 1946.
Our top left picture shows Blackpool and Fylde Battery of the RFA in similar action during the First World War.