Fylde Boat Angling Club House, taken November 2014

Fylde Boat Angling Club House

We’re talking quirky buildings in this post about the Fylde Boat Angling Club House. It’s a small building which you’ll have passed if you walk along the promenade in the Bispham/Anchorsholme area of North Blackpool.

For some years it’s only been accessible when you walk northwards along the promenade from the direction of Bispham/Blackpool. The usual access point at the junction of Queens Promenade/Princes Way has been closed off for some time. It’s been an access point for beach works for both the new Anchorsholme sea wall and the United Utilities beach works.

Corner of Princes Way at high tide - see the Club House at the left
Corner of Princes Way at high tide – see the Club House at the left. Photo taken in 2014

Early History of the Fylde Boat Angling Club House

The Fylde Boat Angling Club House was built on the lower promenade in the mid 1930’s, at the same time as the the underground car park.

It originally housed seven beach chalets. They were hired out by the council for day use, very like beach huts in other resorts. Thanks to Dave Hutchinson for these photos of it in the early days.

Original beach chalets in the building that's now the Fylde Angling Boat Angling Club House on Bispham Promenade
Original beach chalets in the building that’s now the Fylde Angling Boat Angling Club House on Bispham Promenade

In the next photo you can clearly see the entrance to what was the underground car park, with the then new beach chalets in the background.

Underground car park at Anchorsholme
Underground car park at Anchorsholme, with the beach chalet building in the background

Closure of the Underground Boat Store

After being used for many years as an underground boat store by the Fylde Boat Angling Club, the underground car park finally closed in early 2015.

Visit Fylde Coast suggested that the Club held an open day for the public to look inside the boat store before it was filled in. So on 1 November 2014, the Angling Club opened the doors, and also the doors of their clubhouse. We obviously went along to have a look and take photos!

Inside the Fylde Boat Angling Club House

What an interesting building! I’m not quite sure what we expected to see, but I don’t think we expected this. It’s a cosy, comfortable meeting place.

Inside the Fylde Boat Angling Clubhouse
Inside the Fylde Boat Angling Clubhouse
Inside the Fylde Boat Angling Clubhouse
Inside the Fylde Boat Angling Clubhouse

New Home for the Tractors

Ironically, the underground boat store wasn’t actually used for storing boats, because it was still very prone to flooding.

Instead, club members used it as a place to store their small fleet of tractors. They’re used to transport their fishing boats across the beach to the edge of the tide.

Of course once the underground cavern was filled in, there would be nowhere to put the tractors. So an extension was added to the side of the Fylde Boat Angling Club House.

Extension to the Club House being built in September 2015
Extension to the Club House being built in September 2015
Extension to the Club House being built in September 2015
Extension to the Club House being built in September 2015

Anything to add?

There’s history all around us if you just look for it. Have you got anything to add to the story of this local landmark?

Please leave a comment below. If you’ve got any photos to add you can email them to jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk

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3 thoughts on “Fylde Boat Angling Club House”

  1. Lovely to see this as going with my dad and his best friend n family for years and them storing there boats under ground I rember the bonfire night events, the many happy times singing and helping my dad get the boat out, loved this place as a child

  2. Erica Mcnaughton

    A good read about the boat club, i had no idea there was an underground car park.

    Ive spent a few nights in the boat club with my late husband, he loved his fishing, and took part in lots of fishing matches.

    As usual Jane and Chrissy, a very interesting read. Thank you. Erica McNaughton

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