Advert and pictures of the gardens from the 1896 Guide to St.Annes.
“St. George's Gardens was a paradise of wilderness for roving boys. From the
present Empire Picture Palace to the present entrance stretched a long greenhouse, on whose walls
grew scrumptious peaches. Some fell (always accidentally) into my mouth! The florists, Cartmells
(and before them Mr. John Ferguson), lived in the present entrance houses."
To-day's bowling green was a grass tennis court, and our hard courts near the
aviary then formed a bowling green surrounded by banks, later occupied by the first St. Annes
Tennis Club, who removed the bank on the Blackpool side for extensions.
Sims Reeves, during his singing visits to Blackpool, was a not infrequent
witness of our play. To-days rose garden was a continuation of the high ground overlooking it,
and beyond was the little lake with island on which youthful St. Annes of that generation
learned to skate in the hard winters of the early nineties."
Reminiscences of St.Annes in the 1890s. Henry Cooper,
Lytham St.Annes Express, 1932.