We have two fantastic images in the Billiard Room, which many of our visitors may not even notice, as they instead marvel at the gorgeous stained glass windows overlooking the courtyard or the giant billiard table. But they are nostalgic memories of a time that has passed.
One of them is an artist’s impression of Lytham Pier and the other is a panoramic triple photograph looking back from the Pier to Lytham.
The Pier was opened on Easter Monday 1865 by Eleanor Cecily Clifton, wife of Colonel John Talbot Clifton, having cost nearly £6,000. A pavilion was added towards the end of the nineteenth century, where theatre performances and concerts could be held. Latterly it was used as a roller skating rink and cinema until a fire destroyed the pavilion in the 1920s.
The Pier was closed to the public just before the outbreak of the Second World War and further decayed during the 1940s and 1950s, when eventually it was demolished. Have a look yourself when you join us for a guided tour (Sundays at 12pm and 2pm until 14 December).