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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Grange pier end show

THIS selection of vintage views were spotted at Saturday’s fair for picture postcard collectors held at Kendal parish hall and show how visitors to Grange enjoyed their summers holidays up to 100 years ago.

Among them (top) is a view which certainly is worth 1,000 words – the Grange pier.

Every aspiring Victorian seaside health resort had to have one and Grange was no exception.

It is thought to have come from Barrow in the early 1890s.

A pier provided one of the finishing touches, alongside the bandstand, sea front Promenade and tea house.

The 1898 Barrow News Almanack noted: “This charming modern health resort, situated on the shores of Morecambe Bay, with a full southern aspect, and sheltered from north and east winds by richly wooded heights, possesses all the refreshing sea breezes, picturesque and diversified scenery, and good advantages of a genial and equable climate, pure mountain air, and sanitary arrangements.

“Hence it is not astonishing to find a steady increase yearly, especially in the autumn, winter, and spring months in the number of invalids and convalescents, and other visitors in the search of rest and relaxation.”

In 1898 Dr Beardsley was president of the Grange Working Men’s Institute while Mr E Thompson was secretary of the Grange Gas Company.

Mr Loy was the town’s stationmaster while JH Cole held that role at the nearby Kents Bank station. Grange postmaster was Mr WF Wilson and the town had two parcel deliveries each day.

The town already had a number of substantial homes for the sick, the old or those injured in industry.

There was the Hazlewood Hydropathic, the Grange Hydropathic, the North-Eastern Friendly Society’s Convalescent Home and the Wesleyan Home of Rest on Fernleigh Road.

Grange folk had a choice of four places of worship at the end of the Victorian age.

There was St Paul’s for followers of the Church of England. It had been built in 1852 and the vicar in 1898 was the Reverend Canon Cooper, helped by curate the Reverend GV Gaskell.

The Reverend RT Langtree was priest at the Roman Catholic Church of St Charles with the Reverend J Barlow being minister at the Wesleyan Church and the Reverend WJ Burman being minister at the Congregational Church.

For tourists in 1934 the Ward, Lock and Company guide to the Lake District recommended Grange visitors to try the Crown or the Grange Hotel.

Bed and breakfast at the Grange Hotel was 7/3 (36p) a night for a single room or 14/6 (72p) for a double – no single supplements.

Lunch was 3/6 (17p), tea was 1/3 (6p) and an evening meal was 5/6 (27p).

At the Crown a room with meals for the week was 105 shillings (£5.25).

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