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.
It’s only accessible when you walk south along the promenade from the direction of the Little Bispham tram stop at Anchorsholme, North Blackpool.
Early History of the Fylde Boat Angling Club House
Built on the lower promenade in the mid 1930’s, The Fylde Boat Angling Club House was constructed at the same time as the the underground car park.
It originally housed seven beach chalets. Very like beach huts in other resorts, Blackpool Corporation once hired them out for day use. Thanks to the late Dave Hutchinson for these photos of it in the early days.
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.
The landscape looks different nowadays, after the closure of the underground car park. Used for many years as a boat store by the Fylde Boat Angling Club, it finally closed in early 2015.
Visit Fylde Coast suggested the Club held an open day 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.
New Home for the Fishermen’s Tractors
Ironically, the underground boat store didn’t actually store 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 transport the fishing boats across the beach to launch from the edge of the tide.
Of course with the underground cavern filled in, there would be nowhere to put the tractors. So in 2015 an extension was added to the side of the Fylde Boat Angling Club House.
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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