Clifton Drive North,
St.Annes, looking north from St.Annes Square in 1905. The
town of St.Annes-on-Sea had been founded in 1875 when there was nothing but
sand dunes & rabbits. In 1877 the Helmshore builder William Porritt
leased land to the north of St.Annes and started to build these
distinctive stone-fronted properties.
The terrace of houses in the centre (now the
Langdales Hotel) was one of the first to be built in
St.Annes by the Porritt family. Porritt's building yard stood opposite in what
is now Ashton Gardens.