Sea Wall Build - 1947

Sea Wall Build - 1947

Here on the north west coast of Britain, there’s a ‘hold the line’ strategy for sea defences.

That means that there’s a long history of building man-made revetments and sea walls to ensure that the sea doesn’t encroach onto the land.

If you look back through the history books along the whole of the Fylde Coast you’ll see that most of the sea defences were built or strengthened in response to flood events. 

There were serious flood events along this coast in 1927, 1953 and 1977.

Photos here from when the current seawall was built in 2007 

Have a look at these fascinating photos taken when the outer seawall collapsed and was rebuilt in 1947 near The Venue.

1947 prom collapse at Cleveleys

1947 prom collapse at Cleveleys

Rebuilding Cleveleys sea wall in October 1947
The bullnose headland was across from The Venue, roughly where the cafe area is now.

Building Cleveleys sea wall in 1947

Building Cleveleys sea wall in 1947
The two houses in the foreground are just before you get to Thornton Gate, The Venue would be to your right.

We asked you what the big building in the distance is – we thought it might be the former Rossall Hospital which once stood on the corner of Westway – and we’ve had a few answers agreeing that you think it is too. 

Building Cleveleys sea wall in 1947

Building Cleveleys sea wall in 1947

Building Cleveleys sea wall in 1947
Can’t remember this bit at all – can you?


Anything to add?

If you know anything about the construction of the sea defences in Cleveleys in 1947 please get in touch.

Just email jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk

Full credit given, of course.

Building Cleveleys sea wall in 1947

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