Stretching from the Ribble Estuary to the River Kent, the Lancashire coast provides both spectacular views and glimpses of the county's industrial heritage. As the Industrial Revolution took hold in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Lancashire flourished, producing over 80 per cent of the world's cotton. People flocked to the county's beautiful coastline, and towns like Lytham St Annes, Blackpool and Morecambe became popular coastal resorts.
Although much has changed over the years, Lancashire's coastline still retains many of its traditional features. In Lancashire Coast Through Time, local historian Jack Smith charts these various developments and brings together a comparative collection of old and new photographs. Join the author as he delves into the history of the towns and villages along this picturesque coastline, showcasing its many points of interest and awakening treasured memories.
Jack Smith has lived in Lancashire most of his life, his family roots being in the railway town of Horwich near Bolton, where he served an engineering apprenticeship at the famous Horwich Locomotive Works. From the mid-fifties to mid-sixties he served as an Engineer Officer with the P&O Company on passenger and cargo ships, to the Far East and Australia. He also served two years on the troopship Empire Fowey. Back on shore, he spent many years on mill maintenance, and latterly worked at Chorley's Royal Ordnance Factory as systems auditor. Jack was advisor and co-writer of the book A History of ROF Chorley, with Manchester University Archaeological Department. His interest in archaeology and history saw him as one of three founders of the Chorley and District Historical and Archaeological Society in 1953. He has been secretary for 36 years and is now President. He lectures throughout the North West, and is a panel member of the 'Council for British Archaeology/North West Region', Industrial Archaeology Panel. He is also a U3A committee member, and programme organiser for the BAE Warton, 'Industrial Archaeology and Railway Society'. To date Jack has had over 10 books published, with 'several others in the pipeline'!