Richard Knill Freeman

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St Annes house for J Greenhalgh

Built 1878; demolished

The design for this was illustrated in the British Architect in May 1878 when it was said to be “nearing completion”. It was located on “the main drive between Blackpool and Lytham” and built with “the best pressed bricks from Bolton”. The house was called Sandhills and was opposite East Bank Road.

John Greenhalgh was born in c.1808 and served as chairman of the Farnworth local board from 1872 to 1875. He moved to St Annes in 1878 where he was elected to the Local board and was still chairman at the time of his death in 1885.

Left: The house in 1920, hidden behind trees


Thanks to Janet Turner and Lytham St Annes Civic Society for identifying the location of the house and providing the image

The Lytham Times of 22.7.1885 reported Greenhalgh’s death:

Our obituary column to-day contains a notice of the death of Mr. Greenhalgh, Chairman of the St. Anne's-on-the-Sea Local Board of Health, an announcement that will be seen with some surprise and with deep regret by very many of our readers, the deceased gentleman having become from his position closely identified with the progress of St. Annes, where he has resided for about seven years.

Mr. Greenhalgh, who expired on Friday morning last after a tedious and painful illness, was for many years a resident at Farnworth, near Bolton, where he carried on a very successful business as tailor and draper. He early identified himself with the few public institutions of the township. For many years he was one of the highway inspectors, prior to the formation of the Local Board, and on the creation of the latter he became one of the first members, continuing as such for about a dozen years, during which time he was twice elected Chairman of the Authority. He was also one of the most active members of the Farnworth Mechanics' Institution during its existence, this building being now used as the Reform Club, in Peel-street. Mr. Greenhalgh was one of the earliest directors of the Farnworth and Kearsley Gas Company, a position which he held up to his demise, and was a regular attender at the monthly meetings of the directorate. He was a staunch Churchman, and for many years officiated as Churchwarden at St. John's, Farnworth-with-Kearsley Parish Church, and shortly before he left Farnworth he placed the present ventilators in the ceiling of that sacred edifice.

During the earlier part of his life, Mr. Greenhalgh was a Conservative, but at the time of the Corn Law agitation he changed his politics and became a Liberal, and during later years he was an earnest Radical. About seven years ago he removed to St. Anne's-on-the-Sea, and lived at "Sand Bank Villa," on the Drive, a commodious residence erected by, and for, himself. Shortly afterwards he was elected a member of the Local Board, and subsequently appointed to the Chairmanship, which he continued to occupy up to the time of his death, always evincing the warmest interest in the welfare of St. Anne's.

For some time back he had been out of health; within the last few weeks his illness assumed a more serious aspect, and notwithstanding the assiduous attention of his method adviser, Dr. Fisher, of Lytham, he died, as above stated, on Friday morning last in his 74th year.

The funeral took place yesterday, the plate of interment being a vault at Christ Church, Ainsworth, near where the remains of Mrs. Greenhalgh rest. At half-put eight the funeral left the late residence of the deceased to proceed from St. Annes station by the 9.11 train to Bolton.