Taking a trip back in time to the Kirkham and Wesham of the past

A view of Kirkham looking along Poulton Street from the Market Square in the 1950s with the spire of the United Reformed Church in the distance.
A view of Kirkham looking along Poulton Street from the Market Square in the 1950s with the spire of the United Reformed Church in the distance.

This week in pictures we focus in on Fylde neighbours Kirkham and Wesham.

Today’s Memory Lane front cover shows a scene from the 1979 Kirkham Club Day procession.

The Market Square, Kirkham in 1914 was  bounded by cottages, today these have been replaced by flat roofed two storey  shops and offices.

The Market Square, Kirkham in 1914 was bounded by cottages, today these have been replaced by flat roofed two storey shops and offices.

And an early Kirkham and Wesham Club Day procession, dating back to the early 1900s, can be seen on this page. It shows the procession being led by the little flower girls, with brass bands in the background, along Poulton Street, in Kirkham.

Also from the 1900s is a view of Ribby Road in Kirkham, looking towards the town centre. The trees on the left of the picture are in St John The Evangelist Churchyard.

In 1914, Market Square in Kirkham was bounded by cottages. Today, these have been replaced by flat-roofed two storey shops and offices.

Damaged houses in Preston Street, Kirkham, can be seen in another of our black-and-white archive photos – dated September 28, 1941, after bombs were dropped by the Luftwaffe.

A view of Ribby Road, Kirkham, looking towards the town centre, the trees on the left are in St John the Evangelist Churchyard.

A view of Ribby Road, Kirkham, looking towards the town centre, the trees on the left are in St John the Evangelist Churchyard.

Another view of old Kirkham looks along Poulton Street, from Market Square in the 1950s, with the spire of the United Reformed Church in the distance. The lamp in the centre of the ancient Fishstones was removed in 1955, but was restored and replaced in November 1982.

Wesham Park Hospital, formerly a workhouse, on Derby Road, is pictured in 1934. During both the First and Second World Wars, the building was used as a military hospital. In 1948, it was taken over by the newly-formed National Health Service, and then started to develop as a hospital. It had 380 beds and a staff of more than 500 on its old-style Florence Nightingale wards.

Wesham War Memorial is shown in a photograph taken on Remembrance Day, November 11, 1924.

There is also a shot of Garstang Road North, in Wesham, in 1910.

Kirkham Club Day,  June 1979

Kirkham Club Day, June 1979

Wesham Park Hospital, formerly a workhouse, in '1934

Wesham Park Hospital, formerly a workhouse, in '1934

Wesham War Memorial, November 11, 1924

Wesham War Memorial, November 11, 1924

Damaged houses in Preston Street, Kirkham after bombs had been dropped by the Luftwaffe in September 1941

Damaged houses in Preston Street, Kirkham after bombs had been dropped by the Luftwaffe in September 1941

Early Kirkham and Wesham Club day procession - early 1900s - along Poulton Street, Kirkham

Early Kirkham and Wesham Club day procession - early 1900s - along Poulton Street, Kirkham

Mowbreck Hall, in Wesham, was demolished in 1979

Mowbreck Hall, in Wesham, was demolished in 1979