History shows Layton to be a vast area of farmland and small holdings, owned by various wealthy families from the 11th to the 19th century and was considered a small coastal town of Blackpool. Located approx. 1.5 miles from central Blackpool, Layton is now a seaside resort, with its own identity and community.
Layton incorporates the historic settlements of Hoohill, Whinney Heys and Queenstown, which were of low population and mainly rural. This then developed into a thriving suburb of Blackpool, with its own facilities and transport system.
After the First World War, Layton boomed. Buildings poped up all over and this once rural area became flooded with modern houses with front and back gardens as well as bay windows. This higher quality of living was aimed towards the middle class, and by the outbreak of World War Two Layton’s development was nearly complete.
Continuing this growth, several new public buildings were built in Layton from the late 1920s, most of which were designed by J. C. Robinson. These new constructions consisted of a new tram stop, just off Layton Square and a public library opposite Talbot Road.
After World War Two, Layton had managed to escape ruin and retained its interwar character. Postwar development included demolishing the Layton Villa, replacing it with apartments, typical of their time, during this time they also rebuild Layton House as a bank. The historic Mill Inn was also demolished in the 1970s and replaced with The Windmill pub, which is now a Tesco Express.
Nowadays, Layton is a small town that is thriving. With its great character and a vast amount of pubs, shops, housing and people, we are proud of our hometown and hope to be a staple to the community.
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For more information and references please go to: https://www.blackpool.gov.uk/Residents/Planning-environment-and-community/Documents/EB021-Blackpool-Heritage-Characterisation-Studies.pdf