Have a look back through the years of our seaside resort with these old Cleveleys photos
They are from a variety of sources, if you have any that you would like to include, please let us know.
Jubilee Gardens and the seafront, before the sea wall was rebuilt (below).
The grassy area to the front right is where the Harvester was built. The central patch of concrete is where the skate board ramps are. To the left of the shot are the old tennis courts – now the car park. I always thought that the Obelisk had been there a long time – but it’s not on this photo.
Find out more about Jubilee Gardens here.
More about Cleveleys seafront here.
Beach Road and the seafront, before the seawall was rebuilt (below)
The three storey town houses on either side of Beach Road are unchanged, but the sea front looks totally different after the rebuild.
At the left of shot is the concrete area that was a car and coach park. That is where the Pizza Hut now stands, with Knuckleheads and the Vue Cinema at its side. They take up the former car park and adjoining wasteland that you can see in this photo, to make Jubilee Leisure Park.
The sea defences at Cleveleys were rebuilt in the 2000’s – see photos of the sea wall construction works in 2007 here.
The photo below of North and Rossall Promenade isn’t that old, but it’s included here for completeness!
The road running off at an angle on the right is Thornton Gate.
The photo below shows North Promenade and Jubilee Gardens.
From the bottom left corner, Thornton Gate runs at an angle to meet Carr Gate. Carr Gate joins the promenade at The Venue.
To the right of The Venue is Jubilee Gardens, and I believe that the parking area at the right of Jubilee Gardens was a caravan site in times gone past.
From the development in this area, could you date this photograph?
Going back to the distant past now, the photo below is South Promenade, Cleveleys in 1937, from Tuck Postcards.
I believe that the buildings in the foreground are the hotels and apartments which still stand on the corner of Victoria Road West and South Promenade today.
The photo above shows the promenade and gardens in their heyday. It’s undated but from their clothes looks like it could be the 1940’s. Further down this page is a photo just before the rebuild works.
This one below shows Rossall Beach at North Promenade, Cleveleys, in 1937, also from Tuck Postcards.
This view is looking from The Venue – the rough land in the foreground is now the car park at The Venue. The detached house seen in the shot is ‘Cherbourg’ which is also still there today. It’s known at the ‘Cat House’ because of the old lady who once lived there with lots of cats.
Notice the absence of a sea wall – that was built in 1947 and you can see photos of it’s construction here.
Look at Victoria Road Cleveleys in 1914 in this view from Tuck Postcards.
You can see from this photo that Victoria Road was originally built as private houses with gardens. That’s why there are issues when organising events and such like, because the shop frontages still belong to the individual shops, dating back to when they were gardens.
Another one from the from Tuck Postcards collection, this time Victoria Road Cleveleys in 1937.
You can see that the town centre is starting to develop in this photo. There are even street lights!
You can read about the growth of Cleveleys here
More Recent Photos
We’ve been here since 1999 and sadly I didn’t have the presence of mind to take lots of photos of Cleveleys as it was then.
These few are the ones that we did take.
Below – the sea wall opposite Jubilee Gardens – you can just see The Venue at the left of the column. There were bays set into the sea wall with benches, where the local art club used to hold displays in the summer.
The photo below is about the same spot, this time looking South. The footpath here was quite low and so each time there was a strong wind or a high tide the prom would be covered in stones and shingle from the beach. This is about where the cafe is now.
The next photo is taken roughly opposite the skate park. At the right of the photo is one of a series of sunken gardens.
Earlier photos from previous decades show these planted out and well tended. By the time the promenade was rebuilt, not long after this photo was taken, the gardens had been replaced with tarmac – their walls and structure dilapidated from years of weather and sea damage.
This photo is where you’ll now find the curved plaza area of promenade outbuild at the end of Victoria Road West.
You can just see the top of the big wheel at the original Kiddies Corner – now relocated a little further north but still on the sea front.
The full length of the promenade here was lined with this built-in bench, and from the main road a row of dozens of heads could be seen all day long in fine weather!
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Cleveleys Sea wall construction works in 2007
Find out more about Jubilee Gardens here
Jubilee Gardens car park
More about Cleveleys seafront here.
Cleveleys town centre
Read about the growth of Cleveleys here
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South Promenade Cleveleys in 1937, from Tuck Postcards