The Origins of the Braithwaite Family on the Fylde
Almost all Braithwaites on the Fylde Coast can trace their
ancestry back to one man, John Braithwaite (born c1690)
who lived in the village of Braithwaite, near Keswick, Cumberland (now
Cumbria). He left the village in 1711 to take up a position as farm bailiff at
Rossall Hall, near modern Fleetwood; this is now Rossall School.
He later left employment at Rossall Hall to begin farming at
Marton. By the time of his death, Blackpool was in the earliest stages of
transformation from a handful of cottages into a health resort.
His descendants lived through the rapid development of Blackpool
through the Victorian era. Whilst many remained in farming and market gardening,
some Braithwaites opened businesses becoming builders,
publicans, hoteliers & shopkeepers.