St.Annes Beach - Too much sand!
shipping channel to Preston resulted in silting up of the old North Channel which passed
St.Annes. By the time this photo was taken in 1918 the channel had almost
Between 1910 & 1930 the level of sand on
St.Annes beach rose by over 20 feet. Since then, it is only on very high tides that the water
covers the foreshore.
When this photo was taken in 1910 there was a considerable
drop from the pebble ridge on the foreshore onto the beach.
The jetty, St.Annes Pier, about 1910 - three storeys above the sand.
The rise in the sand level is most evident at the
jetty of St.Annes Pier. Only one storey of the jetty can now be seen but there were originally
three storeys and a deep channel passed in front, suitable for steamboats which took passengers to
Lytham, Southport & Blackpool.
The jetty, St.Annes Pier, about 1926 - two storeys above the
The jetty, St.Annes Pier, in 2009 with just one storey
visible above the sand.
Brief history of the Port of Preston
Riversway (development of the old port)
Natural England - The Ribble Estuary
Report on the evolution of the Ribble Estuary, with
particular reference to the north Sefton coast.
Defend the Dunes Website
1980 article about sand winning at St.Annes
Sefton Coastal Process Monitoring Report
Marine Geology - Long-term morphological change in the
All these books are difficult to find and expensive to buy; try Lancashire
“The History of the Ribble Navigation” by James Barron
Published in 1938, Corporation of Preston
The Last Tide: History of the Port of Preston by Jack M. Dakres
“When the Boat Comes In” – Lancashire Polytechnic Publication
(Try the Museum at
Preston or the Library Service - there are unrelated books with the same title
available on the internet)