The History of Blackpool and
by William Thornber
Publisher: The Blackpool and Fylde Historical Society (1985)
In 1944, the Fylde Historical Society, then nearly ten years
old, republished Hutton's description of Blackpool in 1788, our earliest glimpse of
the infant resort. Now the same society, having just celebrated its jubilee, is
making available William Thornber,s pioneering history of Blackpool and the
surrounding area, to commemorate the centenary of his death.
The book was first published in 1837 and
reprinted in 1840, 1842 and 1844. This edition employs facsimiles of the pages of
the original, but the lists of plants, birds and crustaceans (pages 143 to 149, 186
to 188 and 251 to 266) have been omitted. However, personal name and place name
indices, compiled by Norman Cunliffe, have been added.
Thornber, himself, was a significant and fascinating figure in
Blackpool,s history. His text is preceded by a poignant biography of him by Alan