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Southport Lord Street Heritage Trail

Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1NY

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Southport Lord Street Heritage Trail


Southport owes its existence to the growing popularity of sea bathing along the Lancashire coast in the late eighteenth century. Lord Street dates from the 1820s when the joint Lords of the Manor, the Bold-Houghton and Fleetwood-Hesketh families, laid out a spacious street and began the policy of granting building leases which stipulated that development should not be of an industrial or offensive nature. It was first called Lords’ Street after the founding families.

The character of Lord Street and the resort however was established during and after the 1840’s with the policy of the new landlords, especially Charles Scarisbrick, of encouraging planned residential development. This policy, continued by the town’s leading citizens, was accompanied by a deliberate attempt to develop the town as a seaside resort for the ‘refined’ and ‘well to do’.

Lord Street is famously believed to be one of the first boulevards in the world. The young exiled Prince Louis Napoleon took lodgings just off Lord Street for a season in 1838. Much later, when he had become Emperor Napoleon III of France, he ordered his architect Hausman to rebuild the capital.The great boulevards which traverse Paris today are believed to have originated from the Emperor’s memories of Lord Street – tree-lined boulevards, wide pavements and shops on the west side.The Paris boulevards in turn inspired those now found in many American cities.

By the end of the nineteenth century Southport was well established in its dual role of select residential town and high-class resort. Nowhere was this more evident than in Lord Street with its substantial hotels and public buildings, its exclusive shops and dignified public gardens.

The trail begins at the centre of Lord Street in the magnificent London Square. The architectural style of this imposing centrepiece is essentially classical, yet with the exception of the National Westminster Bank, the buildings are all twentieth century.

Download the Heritage Trail leaflet to follow it along Lord Street, along with the map to guide you along the journey.


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Lord Street, SouthportOne of Southport's most celebrated sights is Lord Street, a Victorian canopied boulevard edged in scenic gardens. With a charming, unique style all of its own, Lord Street has been a favourite shopping destination for over a century.