Vera Lynn, a former Lytham St Anne’s resident, sadly passed away today at the age of 103. Vera lived for two years at Wayfarers, 34 Central Drive, Ansdell, during World War II.  Vera was known to enjoy revisiting Lytham St Anne’s during her Blackpool shows (see below)


Here are some details about Vera Lynn’s home from the Historic England website: (link:

Wayfarers is recommended for listing at Grade II for the following principal reasons:


  • Architectural: a very good example of a seaside family house in the Art Deco Moderne style, with an unusual extent of bespoke decorative elements.
  • Social interest: built for a prosperous cotton manufacturer, it exemplifies middle-class tastes and aspirations during the interwar period
  • Intactness: the house retains many decorative and built-in features and is little altered, save for an extension


‘Wayfarers’ was constructed in 1934 to a design of the Blackpool-based architectural practice of Lumb & Walton. Lumb & Walton designed a number of houses on the Fylde coast, notably in Cleveleys and the Rossall Beach Estate and also undertook work on the Grade II listed Rossall School. Wayfarers was built for the Yorkshire-based cotton manufacturer Roland Cyril Coates on the site of a former market garden. The Coates family spent lavishly on construction of the building which borders the Royal Lytham Golf course. The son of the first owner was an artist and it is thought that the decorations on the house’s window shutters were undertaken by him. In 1942 the house was sold to Philip and Pamela Barlass. The house was rented out during World War II and it became well known as the temporary home of Vera Lynn. The building saw some modernisation during the 1960s when a single-storey rear extension was added to the morning room and a new fitted kitchen installed.