Seafield schooldays

ADMIRING the Seafield flats on Seafield Road, Lytham, a local estate agent said it was originally a school. Is that correct?A.P Warton.

Thursday, 30th June 2011, 5:09 pm

THIS imposing house was built for the goods manager of the Lancashire Yorkshire railway, around 1855.

The Misses Tait had started a school in Lytham about 1847, and with great drive took over Seafield in the 1860s.

From here, a select preparatory school expanded, with boys coming from all over Lancashire and some going on to Eton and Rugby.

The 1880s saw a Dr Slater join the staff, marrying one the teachers.

His new ideas and guidance developed the school by educating boys of older years.

It could now take 50 pupils, mainly boarders who were educated up to the age of 18, many going into the services and family businesses.

The school proved popular playing cricket football and hockey against Arnold House, Rossall, King Edwards, Pembroke House, Oxford House schools, using the playing fields opposite now used by the YMCA.

After the First World War, pupil numbers started falling due to world trading slumps and market crashes.

By 1937, with only 15 boys on the roll and crippling debt, Seafield closed.

After the Second World War, a Joseph Hollas lived there, along with his servants. He was said to have been a staunch Methodist, giving a large amount of money for the refurbishment of Park Street church.

When he died, he gave Seafield to the Methodist ministry, and it became a retirement home for its ministers.

Seven years ago, the ministers left, as the building was sold and the property extended and converted into flats.

Alex Maitland

Matt Warhurst