North Shore, Blackpool

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North Shore, Blackpool
Tram on the promenade

North Shore is a northern coastal suburb of Blackpool on the Fylde coast in the county of Lancashire, England which has a large community. It houses Blackpool's primary railway terminus station, Blackpool North railway station.[1] It also has close proximity to the town centre.[1]


North Shore was the location of Blackpool's first amusement arcade known as Uncle Tom's Cabin.[1] From there, Blackpool's Claremont Park estate was constructed with three seafront promenades being erected with several hotels, including the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool being constructed to serve it.[1] The north promenade was constructed specifically so that the gentry could view the seafront separated from the working classes.[2] The popular Blackpool Illuminations start at North Shore[3] along with the majority of Blackpool's tourist attractions such as the North Pier.[4] The Civil Service had a placement in North Shore at Mexford House, which was constructed in the 1970s and housed regional units from the Department for Work and Pensions and the Inland Revenue. It closed in 2009 and was redeveloped into housing in 2019.[5]

In 1907, North Shore Methodist Church was constructed specifically to serve the Christian worship needs of holiday makers in Blackpool with a Sunday school being opened a year later. The church was granted grade II listed status in 1998 however in 2018, it closed to public worship due to a lack of attendance as none of the congregationwho attended regularly lived within the local parish.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Wood, Allan (2015). Blackpool History Tour. Amberley Publishing. pp. 5–10. ISBN 1445646242.
  2. ^ "Blackpool's Seaside Heritage". Historic England. Retrieved 2020-03-18. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "Blackpool North Shore". Live Blackpool. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  4. ^ "Blackpool's fame, a rise in power since 1900". Live Blackpool. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  5. ^ "Blackpool civil service building poised for new use as homes". Blackpool Gazette. 2019-02-22. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  6. ^ "End of an era for North Shore Methodist Church". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 2020-03-18.

Coordinates: 53°49′59″N 3°03′23″W / 53.83318°N 3.05643°W / 53.83318; -3.05643