Category: Blackpool

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JOHN WRAY

1841-1913 LAYTON CEMETERY REGISTRAR 1873-1913 Compiled by Colin Reed. Published September 2023. The accommodation, as it is today, provided, in the beginning, for the resident Registrar at the cemetery site in Layton, Blackpool. Thanks...

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George Washington Williams 1849-1891

Soldier, preacher, politician, lawyer, historian, traveller, public speaker, lecturer, champion of his race and stern critic of the established inertia towards the resolution of worldwide slavery, especially within the American and African continents. Born...

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Pauline Rivers

Pauline Rivers Danseuse, Maitresse de ballet, choreographer and creator of the lasting children’s ballet at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. In the theatre industry publication, the Era of 27th October 1926; ‘Madame Pauline Rivers is...

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Cecilia Wright

Opera singer, vaudeville entertainer, sports reporter, aviatrix and adopted daughter of the US Navy. Introduction While researching the life of Cecilia Loftus, vaudeville artiste and famed mimic, who had an education at Layton convent...

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More Names and Stories from Blackpool’s History

Pioneering surgeon, Dr Charles Clay; Blackpool’s first Chief Constable John Dereham; tramway engineers John and Angus Cameron; Alice Ashworth, last landlady of the original Gynn Hotel. Dr Charles Clay Eminent physician, surgeon and gynaecologist...

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Dr Spencer Timothy Hall.

‘Possessing a nature of intense tenderness and a poetic sensibility peculiarly attractive, with a sympathy for suffering in every form, small wonder that Spencer Hall was admired and loved by all who came within...