Formby Point old lifeboat house
Formby Point old lifeboat house (81624)
The remains of Formby Lifeboat House, originally constructed in the late-18th century and was the first constructed in Britain. The station was closed in 1888 and reopened in January 1892, before finally closing in 1918. It later re-opened as a cafe and was finally demolished in 1965. The exposed remains were surveyed in 1995 and consisted of a slipway, internal walls and two wells were identified (HER record MME703).
In late-2015 only the externally stone-built walls and small area of sloping brick were exposed. Total exposed remains measured 8m by 10m in size.
in June 2016 more of the supposed slipway is exposed.
The site is underwater at tides over 9m in height.
- Post-Medieval (1540 - 1901)
- Period comments
Originally constructed in the late-18th century, extant remains date to the late-19th/early-20th century. Exact date of construction is uncertain.
Winter storms have exposed a further segment of sand stone built wall, held together with iron brackets at the rear of the building.
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- Easily accessible - no restrictions, Accessible on foot (no footpath)
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Difficult terrain - must cross a sand dune.
An alternative to crossing the dune is to walk down to the site along the beach from the end of Victoria Road in Formby, which is reached from Freshfield station. The beach walk is easy at low tide and takes around 30 minutes.
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