Blackpool Civic Trust

Projects 2006 to 2017

Blackpool Civic Trust undertakes a number of projects each year. These may involve considerable work, such as the Imperial Tiles project, or funding support, such as the Town Hall windows, or to obtain approval for awards, memorials or plaques etc.

Some may be classified as continuing projects and others are done within a year as shown below.

Continuing projects:

Blue Plaques in Blackpool

Blackpool Civic Trust Annual Awards

Blackpool Civic Week & Civic Day

 

War Memorials in Blackpool

Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and Assets of Community Value in Blackpool

Heritage Open Days in Blackpool

Blackpool Heritage Trail

Projects by year since 2006:

2017

Imperial Hotel Turkish Bath tiles and floor continues from 2014

January: This week we completed a section of the ceiling in the 'cooling room' and have now begun “steaming” and stripping one of the big beams running the entire length of the room (approximately 20 feet). This is beautifully decorated and it seems extraordinary that anyone could have decided to conceal its beauty under a coat of paint! While two members of the team have been working on the ceiling, others, including our new volunteers, have been doing equally important work, removing thick plaster from tiles and from the superb, highly ornate friezes decorating three of the four walls. In addition, we have been stripping paint from fluted columns, tiled doorways and other decorative features.

Imperial Hotel Turkish Baths Project - Blackpool Civic Trust - 2017

2016

Listed Building Condition Survey Training

Blackpool Civic Trust are engaging on a new project to undertake condition surveys on the Grade II Listed Buildings in Blackpool and follow that up with the 300 Locally Listed Buildings. Some us went to training course last week and we are having a follow up practice session on the Chapel at Layton Cemetery on Tuesday 25th October. Here is the group on the first day.

Listed Building Survey Training, Blackpool Civic Trust

 

Imperial Hotel Turkish Bath tiles and floor continues from 2014

Civic Trust volunteers have now finished uncovering and cleaning all the tiles, including those on the ceiling, in one room of the Turkish Bath. We have carefully removed part of the thick asphalt floor that was laid down at the same time the Burmantofts wall tiles were plastered over or in some case painted. There are signs of damage to the original mosaic floor underneath the asphalt, but we hope that this will not prove to be extensive. 

The photographs were taken immediately after the asphalt was removed and prior to cleaning.

Imperial Hotel Turkish Baths tiles project

Imperial Hotel Turkish Baths tiles project

North Shore Promenade Shelter Smartening

North Shore Promenade Shelter

Launch 28th July 2016, Blackpool Civic Trust are undertaking another project this time we are going to be doing work on two of the Grade II Listed Tram Shelters the first shelter to be done is the one opposite Sandhurst Avenue.  Both the Tram Shelters are single ones.

The work to be done will include wire brushing corroded areas, sanding woodwork, priming were necessary, undercoating and glossing, all the paint will be provided by Blackpool Council.  

At the moment we are just getting names of people who are interested once we have names etc we will then be able to proceed in sorting out dates and times.

 

Imperial Hotel Turkish Bath Restoration

Our work continues on the project listed in 2015 to uncover and expose the tiles in the former Turkish Baths in the Imperial Hotel. In 1901 a suite of Russian, Turkish and seawater plunge baths were built in the basement of the former wing of the hotel. The Turkish baths disappeared during major refurbishments in the 1960s.

We are very pleased to work with the Imperial Hotel and Mr Andrew Gladwell to reveal this part of Blackpool's heritage containing tiles from the famous Burmantoft Pottery in Leeds.Visit by the Blackpool Museum Team to the Imperial Hotel Turkish Baths project.  Blackpool Civic Trust

War Memorial Project

Several people, including members of Blackpool Civic Trust, have investigated and listed on-line the war memorials in Blackpool.

War Memorials Online is an opportunity for the public to upload images of war memorials and log concerns for their conservation for future generations.

Blackpool are the first group nationally to survey all local war memorials as part of the First World War Memorials Programme. Read more about it by clicking the link below.

Link to War Memorial page

War Memorial investigation Blackpool

 

2015

Film Restoration Project

November 2015

Blackpool Civic Trust joins with Blackpool Council on an exciting project to clean and restore four old reels of film of historical interest. The films record the speeches of past mayors of Blackpool and were found by chance buried in the basement of the Town Hall. They have now been sent away for restoration by specialists.

Photograph of Joan Humble of Blackpool Civic Trust and Carl Carrington of Blackpool Council:

Film Restoration Project, Blackpool Council and Blackpool Civic Trust, November2015

 

Blue Plaque for Marton Windmill and Oxford Hotel

19th November 2015

Joan Humble, Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust, joined the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Peter Callow, to formally unveil a new Blue Heritage Plaque that celebrates the history of the area.

Mrs Humble commented, I am very pleased that the Mayor agreed to unveil this new Blue Plaque. When Aldi first announced that they were proposing to knock down the Oxford Hotel and the Sofa Bed store to create a new Aldi, I contacted their architect and discussed how best we could record the importance of Oxford Square. Over many months of talks with Blackpool Council, local historians and also local residents we decided on a Blue Plaque and also history boards to display information about the site. I hope that many people will take the time to look at the plaque and the details on the two boards and celebrate the importance of this area to the development of Blackpool.

Below L-R: The Mayor, Cllr Peter Callow; Chair of Civic Trust, Joan Humble; 2 Aldi Staff, Barry McQueen:

Blue Plaque for Marton Windmill and Oxford Hotel

Below L-R: Barry McQueen, The Mayor, Cllr Peter Callow; Chair of Civic Trust, Joan Humble:

Blue Plaque for Marton Windmill and Oxford Hotel

Blue Plaque and history board

Blue Plaque for Marton Windmill and Oxford Hotel

Assets of Community Value

Blackpool Civic Trust are working with local bodies and the council to register Assets of Community Value which gives some protection to local buildings. Blackpool Winter Gardens and Little Marton Windmill have both been added in November 2015.

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Address:97 Church Street
Postcode:FY1 1HL
Asset Owner:Blackpool Council

Listing date:2 November 2015

Nominated by:Blackpool Civic Trust

Blackpool Winter Gardens

 

Little Marton Mill

Address:Preston New Road, Blackpool

Postcode:FY4 4QX

Asset owner:Blackpool Council

Listing date:9 November 2015

Nominated by:Blackpool Civic Trust

Little Marton Windmill

 

Asset of Community Value - Old Comrades Club

Blackpool Civic Trust worked with representatives of the Comrades Club to submit an application to register it as an Asset of Community Value. We had previously worked with the Council to register it as a Locally Listed Building. This new registration provides more protection for the building if developers purchase it. We were pleased when this first application by the Civic Trust was accepted by the Council and we intend to have a wider project to look at registering many more ACVs.

Tim Pipe, Joan Humble (Chair of Blackpool Civic Trust), Freddie Gick (Chair of Civic Voice) and Steve Greenwood. Tim and Steve are from the Comrades Club

Comrades Club Asset of Community Value

Blue Plaque - Little Marton Windmill

Blackpool Civic Trust worked with Blackpool Council and the Friends of Little Marton Windmill to fund and erect a blue plaque on on the windmill in March 2015.

2014

Imperial Hotel Turkish Bath Recovery

Members of Blackpool Civic Trust have joined in a project to uncover and expose the tiles in the former Turkish Baths in the Imperial Hotel. In 1901 a suite of Russian, Turkish and seawater plunge baths were built in the basement of the former wing of the hotel. The Turkish baths disappeared during major refurbishments in the 1960s.

Joan Humble, Chair of Blackpool Trust, joined other Civic Trust members to uncover the baths. She commented After nearly 60 years it is wonderful to see something of the former Turkish Baths reappearing once again. We are very pleased to work with the Imperial Hotel and Mr Andrew Gladwell to reveal this part of Blackpool's heritage. After just two days work we can see some of the amazing glazed tiles produced by the famous Burmantoft Pottery in Leeds. I must thank those who helped and the Civic Trust hopes to continue working with the Imperial to reveal even more of this part of its past.

The Imperial was open for tours on Thursday as part of Blackpool's Heritage Open Days and over 70 people who registered for the tour were lucky enough to be the first members of the public to see the discovery.

Alison Gilmore, General Manager, said I'm thrilled at the discovery of the tiles and can't wait to see the development over the next few weeks. Thanks so much to the support and enthusiasm of Blackpool Civic Trust and Blackpool Heritage who've been getting down and dirty in our Turkish baths.

Imperial Hotel Blackpool Turkish Bath recovery

Imperial Hotel Blackpool Turkish Bath recovery

In November 2014 we discovered a new kind of tile:

Blackpool Civic Trust at the Imperial Hotel Blackpool

The Fylde Exhibition - May 2014

The Fylde Exhibition in the Fylde Gallery at Booths in Lytham was opened on Wednesday 28th May with the Chairman of Civic Voice, Freddie Gick, The Mayor of Fylde, the Deputy Mayor of Blackpool and the Deputy Mayor of Wyre. A joint exercise by the Blackpool, Fleetwood and Lytham St Anne's Civic Societies it contains photographs of significant architecture along the Fylde Coast. It is open to the public with free entry until 4th July 2014.

Blackpool Civic Trust

Cleaning the Town Hall Silver

The Civic Trust team cleaned the Town Hall silver.

 

2013

Blue Plaque Audit

This year we have undertaken an audit of our Blue Plaques. This has included visiting each one, taking an up to date photograph and assessing its condition.

We have added the photos to the website and are reviewing the plaques to determine whether any need replacing or repair. This includes those that are missing after building work.

Blackpool Municipal Airport Blue Plaque.  This airport is now the Zoo.

2011

Blackpool Civic Week: Street Party, 2nd July 2011

In 2011 a national Civic Day was inaugurated by Civic Voice, the national body for Civic Societies. It was decided that Blackpool would hold a Civic Week with a Street Party on the Civic Day. The success of this format was acknowledged when Blackpool Civic Trust were invited to present their experience at the launch day of the 2013 Civic Day.

This launch was held at Westminster and along with representatives of Civic Societies from all over the UK was attended by the All Party Group for Civic Societies and the guest of honour, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Eric Pickles MP.

In 2011 after a week of events the party was held on a hot summer day. Blackpool came out in force to attend the Blackpool Civic Trust Street Party. It is estimated that 2,000 people were in St John's Square at one point. There was music from the Sixth Form College and displays and stands from other local societies, businesses and clubs. A Blackpool Corporation bus of 1960's vintage and guided tours of the Winter Gardens. A big success!

Below Elaine, the then Chairman, and Chris Norton, the then Secretary of the Blackpool Civic Trust survey the scene.

party

The Blackpool Civic Trust stand with helpers.

party

The Blackpool Town Crier, Barry McQueen.

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Blackpool Sixth Form College music

Local Community Stands

Local Business Stands

In 2012 the party moved indoors to the Winter Gardens due to the weather. It has continued indoors and the 2013 Indoor Street Party is reported on our site.

Click here to read about it.

2009

Cocker Tower on Stanley Park

Cocker Tower on Stanley Park

We got funding to put a banner/board at the bottom of the stairs to show the history of the Tower when the door is open.  At the top of the stairs we have had put descriptive boards under each of the windows so that people can pick out the view (e.g. that pointed thing sticking up over there is the Tower!).

2008 - Foundation Stones at Rothwell Hall

One of our popular projects last year was the renovation of the foundation stones on the newly renovated Rothwell Hall at the Unitarian Church, Lytham Road.

More projects are in the pipeline for 2009

2007 - Heritage and Conservation Trails - Stanley Park

Our main project completed in 2007 was the Heritage and Conservation Trails in Stanley Park. Funding was gained from a variety of sources, the Trail Markers were designed by the pupils at Holy Family Primary School and the trails were officially opened by the Mayor on the 23rd June.

Pupils of Holy Family Primary School

These Trail brochures may be obtained free of charge from the Stanley Park Visitor Centre to enable you to have two very interesting (and different) walks in the park.

2006 - George Wragge Stained Glass Window - Town Hall

A George Wragge stained glass window in Blackpool Town Hall shows images based on Blackpool's 19th-century maritime heritage.

The window had previously been painted over, and since neglected. Blackpool Civic Trust was awarded £31,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the George Wragge window. The project also involved stained glass workshops, volunteer led tours of the Town Hall, and a photographic exhibition created by local college students.

Blackpool Town Hall window

Blackpool Town Hall George Wragge Window

Amongst other PROJECTS undertaken by the Blackpool Civic Trust are:

The renovation of;

the Foundation Stone at the Salvation Army Citadel.
the Freeman of the Town Scrolls in the Town Hall.

The naming of Mawson Drive in Stanley Park.

The refurbishment of;

the Central Library stained glass window over the main entrance.
the Dreadnought Tram (later sent to Crich Tram Museum).
the original Mayor's Chair in the Town Hall.

The placing of;

a memorial stone on the site of Foulds Farm Marton.
milestones around the town (Poulton Rd and Squires Gate Lane).
the name 'Town Hall' over the Town Hall doorway.

The protecting of the stained glass window at St John's Church Blackpool.

The cleaning and labelling of the silverware and cut-glass in the Town Hall.

The planting of trees and bulbs in Stanley Park.

Photo of Blackpool Central Library Stained Glass Window.

Blackpool Library Stained Glass Window

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