Thursday, 11 October 2012

The Shape of Lytham's Market 'Square'

Some time ago I think I recall reading an interesting article about the triangular shape of the Market 'Square' in Lytham.  To my recollection the article stated that, before the expansion and transformation of the Lytham in the 19th century, the majority of the town could be encompassed by it's three main landmarks; Lytham Hall, St Cuthbert's Church and the town centre, forming a non-equilateral triangle.  Either by complete coincidence or by deliberate design the shape of Lytham's Market Square replicates this.  Whether intentional or by coincidence the shape of the Market 'Square' at the centre of Lytham representing the predominant boarders of the old town is quite interesting.

Map of Lytham and a close up of it's Market Square - Click to enlarge


  1. Now that is interesting! Who was behind designing the shape of the square? Would it have been anyone associated with the Clifton family? More questions than answers I'm afraid but surely not a co-incidnece; the triangles seem almost exactly the same shape.

  2. As far as the shape of the square goes I don't know (yet). What I do know is that the Market Hall that sits in the market square (now known as The Memorial Gardens) was built in 1849 and opened in June of that year. The Market Hall came about as part of the Lytham Improvement Act of 1847 and was suggested by James Fair, Agent to the Clifton Estate at the time. In 1869 (by request of Cecily Clifton nee Lowther I think) the height of hall tower was increased to accommodate a clock. Here are some then and now photos.