SD3228 : St Annes Public Hall

taken 9 years ago, near to St Annes, Lancashire, Great Britain

St Annes Public Hall
St Annes Public Hall
A much-altered former Public Hall and Assembly Rooms of two and three storeys with Queen Anne features and elevations on St George's Road, Garden Street and St George's Lane, that opened in 1900 and was built to a design by John Dent Harker.

By 1910 the building had become a cinema and alterations to the interior layout took place in 1925 after it was bought by the Blackpool Tower Company and became the Palace Cinema and Restaurant, complete with ballroom, restaurant, café, assembly room, Masonic room, billiard room and shops on the ground floor fronting Garden Street. At an unspecified date in the inter-war years part of the building fronting St George's Road was converted into a car showroom. Part of the building continued as a cinema until 1957 when it was sold to Lytham St Anne's freemasons. The former ballroom was converted into a Masonic Lodge Room and the former car showroom was converted into a furniture retailers. A large part of the ground floor was lowered and a covered market hall created. Externally a glass and iron canopy was added in the 1980s. LinkExternal link

The building was assessed for listing in 2009, but did not meet the criteria for addition to the list for the following reasons:
It is a relatively late example of a Public Hall and Assembly Rooms in a seaside context.
Whilst still contributing to the streetscape and the local Conservation Area, the building has undergone numerous external alterations that have reduced its architectural quality and authenticity.
Wholesale internal changes have led to the loss of many of its original fixtures and fittings.
The building's original internal layout is now difficult to recognise due to the many subsequent internal alterations.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 19 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 17 January, 2013
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services 
Former (from Tags)
Cinema  Public Hall  Assembly Rooms 
Person (from Tags)
John Dent Harker 
Date (from Tags)
1900  1910  1925  1957 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 3206 2893 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:45.1373N 3:1.9096W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 3202 2892
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Market Hall  Masonic Lodge  Masonic Hall  Conservation Area 

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