Stroll up Coronation Walk today and it’s lined with buildings. But 130 years ago there was just a wall on the south side, enclosing the vast Winter Gardens entertainment complex.
The first stretch of Promenade started at the top of Coronation Walk, with the stone lodge where you paid one penny to walk along it. The Royal Hotel was built on the corner in the 1850s.
Coronation Walk is unusual for Southport – many buildings are neo-classical in style, rebuilt or refronted in the 1920s and 30s. The former Crown Hotel has an Art Deco front.
This text and images – with added captions – are from the exhibition held at The Atkinson, Southport, 18 June – 17 September 2022.