History Part 2

The Oriental Ballroom,

Is a handsome and commodious building the facade of which is of Yorkshire Stone relieved by ornamental carvings and constructed with two balconies overlooking the Sea.

The frontage of the Winter Gardens is about 90 feet in width.
On the Ground Floor which is approached by two handsome stone staircases there ate on the West Side a Good Entrance Hall and two Pay Offices with Turnstiles which give access to the Oriental Ballroom, a room of lofty dimensions and measuring 117 feet by 72 feet. At the south end of the room there is a Stage 42 feet wide and 20 feet deep with imposing Proscenium of Oriental Design in fibrous plastic work and at the North end a Commodious Refreshment Bar fronting to Marine Road and on the West side Ample Cloak Rooms, Lavatory Accommodation, Store Rooms & On The First Floor there is a Promenade 15 feet wide extending round three sides of the Building and on the West side five rooms occupied as Offices, Store Rooms etc, and in front of the premises there is an outside Promenade or Loggia overlooking the sea and extending the full width of the Building. On the West side of the Stage there are Five good Dressing Rooms, with Lavatory accommodation.

On the East Side of the Building and fronting to Bath Street is the Caretaker’s residence containing  Living Room or Kitchen and Scullery, two Bedrooms and Store Room.

The Winter Gardens Ballroom floor plan

The Basement of The Winter Gardens
Which is approached by a separate Entrance from Marine Road and also from Bath Street is divided into FIRST AND SECOND CLASS REFRESHMENT BARS COMMODIOUS BILLIARD SALOON with SIX BILLIARD TABLES, LARGE STORE ROOM fronting to Bath Street which during the busy season can be used as an additional Refreshment Bar, Ladies’ and Gentleman’s Lavatories, Store Rooms for Cigars, Wines, Spirits and Beer, Bottle washing and store cellars, Gas Meter Room, two Work Shops, Private Sitting Room and Offices also with separate Entrance from Bath Street is the BOILER HOUSE, ENGINE and DYNAMO ROOM, ENGINEERS’ OFFICE and STORE ROOMS.
The who of the Pavilion, Ballroom, Billiard Saloon, etc, are LIGHTED BY ELECTRICITY generated on the Premises.

In front and emending the full width of the Property there is a valuable open space an average depth of 31 feet which can be utilised or let off for Stallage, Automatic Machines, etc and produces considerable revenue.

THE PROPERTY WILL BE OFFERED IN ONE LOT together with the whole of the valuable Furnishings, Fittings fast and loose Trade Effects, Billiard Saloon Furnishing including Six capital Billiard Tables and Accessories, THE WHOLE OF THE COSTLY SCENERY STAGE PROPERTY and EFFECTS and the VALUABLE ELECTRIC LIGHTING PLANT including LANCASHIRE.

BOILER 30 FEET BY 8 FEET, by Yates and Thom of Blackburn with Proctor’s Patent Automatic Stoker, And Hopkinson’s Fittings, Double Action Steam Pump for Boiler, Exhaust Steam Heater, Steam connections from Boiler to Engines FOUR DIRECT COUPLED HIGH SPEED ENGINES and DYNAMOS, Main Switch Board with three Dynamo panels and ten distributing Switches and all the accessories loose materials and tools.

The Property is substantially built and in good condition.

It is well and efficiently furnished, fitted and equipped for the business of Entertainment Caterers and to Capitalists and others interested in the entertainment business.

The sale presents a rarely occurring opportunity for acquiring one of the finest and most up to date properties of its kind to be found in the provinces.

The stock of Wines, Spirits, Beer, Liquors and Mineral Waters of every description, Cigars, Cigarettes, Tobacco and all other consumable articles and things are not included on the sale but must be taken over by the purchaser as mentioned in the Special Conditions.


The Property is sold subject to an agreement dated 1st May 1987, as to certain privileges in favour of the owner of property on the North Easterly side of the said plot of land hereby offered for sale.

Certain agreements have been entered into with the Midland Railway Company with reference to the tenancy of the land on the South West side of the property as to lettering the gable of the property, as to a contemplated balcony and flight of steps into Bath Street for an emergency exit, as to a fence and as to certain rights with reference to certain tanks and collecting boxes under that Company’s wooded pier and a pipe therefrom to the benefit of which the purchaser on obtaining that Company’s consent will be entitled and the burden of which the purchaser will in any case assume and indemnify the Vendor therefrom.

All the agreements referred to in these Particulars are open to the inspection of any person desirous of seeing the same either at the time of sale or prior thereto at the offices of the Vendors Solicitor and every purchaser whether he inspects the same and the property (which has been open for inspection) or not shall be deemed to buy with full knowledge of the contents of each of such agreements and of the actual state, nature and condition of the property.

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Morecambe Winter Gardens and Morecambe Winter Gardens Preservation Trust Limited is a registered charity no. 1113010

Friends of Morecambe Winter Gardens is a registered charity no. 1064127