Assembly Rooms were created as part of the development of
Lytham Baths after its closure in 1987. The major part of the
building was converted into an apartment block, but the local
Council arranged retention and refurbishment of the premises
fronting Dicconson Terrace for the use of the people of the
Borough. There are two rooms for hire and a well equipped
kitchen. The upper floor is let commercially, to provide
number of individuals, including representatives of local
organisations, had been involved in discussions on how
buildings in Lytham could be retained and developed,
particularly because of the possible demolition of the Baths.
They eventually agreed on the setting up of Lytham Town Trust.
The Council then granted a lease to the Trust to enable it to
manage and operate the Assembly Rooms. The Trust took charge
of the building on 1st January 1991.
The Assembly Rooms
are available for hire
In 1997 the Trust
became owners of Lytham Hall, with the Heritage Trust for the
North West taking over the management of the Hall in 1998.
The Lytham Hall estate was the
property of the Clifton family from 1606 until 1963, when it was
bought by Guardian Royal Exchange. Part of the estate was
developed for housing and the Hall was refurbished and used by
GRE for offices and as a training centre.
In 1996 the Hall, in about 80
acres remaining of the estate, was put up for sale. Lytham Town
Trust opened negotiations with Guardian, and the Friends of
Lytham Hall was formed to provide support and to assist in fund
raising. The purchase was assured when British Aerospace made a
very generous donation, and ownership was transferred to the
Trust on 17th Februry 1997.
In 1998, the Heritage Trust for
the North West took over management of the Hall, on a 99-year
lease. The West Wing has been developed as a function suite and
a successful application was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund
to support a major refurbishment.
The Hall is available
ceremonies, private functions, and
organised tours and is
periodically open for public
More information can be obtained from other local charity
organisations involved in supporting the community.
Heritage Trust for the North
West - manages a number of properties, including Lytham
Friends of Lytham Hall
- raises funds for capital projects at the Hall and provides
volunteers for various activities.
Lytham Heritage Group
- collects and preserves historical documents relating to the
town, owns and manages the Heritage Centre, with monthly
exhibitions throughout the year, and organises and mans the
Windmill Museum in the summer months.
Lytham St Annes Civic Society
- primarily concerned with preservation and improvement of the
local built environment but also owns and manages Witch Wood, a
1km woodland walk between Lytham and Ansdell
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