The History of the Sunnyside Guest House Southport
History of the Sunnyside Guest House
1849 to 1849
Map of Southport showing the Bath Street site as sand dunes.
Unbeknownst to many, this seemingly ordinary street was built upon a foundation of shifting sand dunes. Exploring the origins of Bath Street unveils a captivating tale of how nature’s forces shaped the landscape and the determination of humans to build upon it.
Southport, has long been characterized by its extensive sand dunes. These natural formations were sculpted over thousands of years by the powerful currents and winds of the Irish Sea. The shifting dunes created a dynamic environment, which presented both challenges and opportunities for the inhabitants.
In the mid-19th century, Southport began to transform from a small fishing village into a thriving seaside resort. The visionaries of the time recognized the appeal of the coastal location and sought to develop it further. Among these visionaries was a prominent developer named Sir John Brown, who saw the potential in Bath Street’s location atop the sand dunes.
As Bath Street took shape, it became a hub of activity. The construction of houses, shops, and businesses attracted residents and visitors alike, transforming the once barren landscape into a vibrant community. Bath Street became a testament to human perseverance and adaptability, showcasing the resilience of those who settled there.
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The Sunnyside was run by John Goodyear. We don’t know the name the Sunnyside was called at this time.
1890 Southport town plan
known as Leighton Villas apartments
Leighton Apartments ran by someone called Hopkins
Leighton Villas run by Miss E Harrison
Leighton Villas Apartment’s Mrs Lizzie Entwistel
Name of the building changed to Westwood and run by D Benjamin
Westwood Private Hotel
Westwood Private Hotel run by Frank W Grice
Called Broadlands and Sunnyside