1896 - "The Great Storm" at Fairhaven.
The Great Storm of 8th October 1896 wrought havoc along
the Fylde Coast.
The Flooding of
Fairhaven Golf Links
Fairhaven Golf Links and Lake after the sea broke through the sea wall at
Fairhaven, 8th October, 1896. The water had receeded by several feet by
the time this photograph was taken.
One of the
strangest effects of the storm and tempest of last week was the inundation of a
large tract of land at the growing watering-place of Fairhaven. The fury of waves
dashing with much persistence on the new sea wall along a portion of the front was
such that the wall gave some distance along, and in a moment there was a vast of
waters across the long strip of low-lying land comprising golf links of the
Fairhaven Golf Club.
The onrush of the waters
with such unexpected suddenness and with such impetuous force, took by
surprise some members who were in the clubhouse, and the stewardess, Mrs.
Davenport. They were quickly surrounded by the rushing waters, and as the
depth of the water was rapidly increasing they had no alternative but to wade
Furniture was fetched from the clubhouse in boats, and deposited
upon the shore of the now huge newly-formed lake, for the whole area of the links
right away to the Bungalow was submerged, and the strong sou'wester lashed the
water into great waves. It was impossible to empty the lockers in the club-house,
and the red coats and golf-clubs of the members were rendered useless by their
contact with the salt water.
Quickly the water rose as the tide rushed in
until the waves actually reached the eaves of the club-house, washing to and
fro as though they would bear the building from its foundation. In a short
time, however, the water began to recede, and it was only for a few moments
that this remarkable picture presented itself.
By the time our photographer arrived the water had very considerably subsided, yet
he was able to obtain a picture which gives a fair idea of the extent of the flood
and of the desolate outlook as one gazed across the waste of waters. The second
illustration shows the Lytham end of the flooded links, with a pile of household
goods on the bank as they were conveyed ashore by boat. To the right of the picture
is an accumulation of timber and other wreckage washed up on to the embankment. The
model lifeboat “Kilgrimol" designed by Mr. Allen, of St. Annes, lies stranded on
the lake side.