Nestled between our quaint little coastal towns of Lytham and St Anne’s, you will find Ansdell and Fairhaven – the forgotten town. St Anne’s is a tourist spot just outside of Blackpool, with a pier and a lovely sandy beach; Lytham, a hub spot for the locals with a wonderful array of restaurants and boutiques. Ansdell is found concealed between the two, and locals prefer it that way.
The village is known for its tight knit community away from the tourist attractions and the hustle-and-bustle of the bigger towns whilst remaining a well-kept secret – a ‘hidden gem.’
Ansdell is named after a famous artist, Richard Ansdell, who lived in the area and painted numerous oil paintings. It features its own railway station, local shops and amenities with easy access to the beach and of course, its very own Fairhaven Lake. It is also home to the largest school in Lancashire, Lytham St Annes High Technology College, which is within walking distance from every home in the village.
The locals who are somewhat reluctant to put their little hidden town on the map have come forward to tell us why they love living in Ansdell:
Linda Williams: “I love it here. It has a village-y feel. We are near the school, near some lovely shops, near Fairhaven Lake and the coast. Short walk into either Lytham or St Anne’s. Perfect!”
Lisa Westoby: “The best of both worlds, without the parking issues and a bonus of Fairhaven Lake.”
Craig Morris: “I’ve certainly never regretted moving out of the centre of Lytham. Lytham is still a fabulous place, but it’s gone downhill in the last 15-20 years that’s for sure.”
Pat Bryan: “I moved from Lytham to Ansdell 8 years ago and love it. We have it all! The lake, Granny’s Bay, Church Scar, a 25-minute walk to Lytham, shops and hairdressers close by. What more could you want?”
Cherie Adeline Scanlon: “Not sure we want to let the cat out of the bag!”
Lytham St Annes is known for having a wonderful local atmosphere and is a cluster of truly authentic coastal towns. Although Ansdell and Fairhaven haven’t yet been pinned on the map, laying forgotten but not-so dormant; the locals would quite like to keep it that way.