By the 1850s the most desirable seafront plots in Lytham had been built upon so the Clifton
Estate levelled an area of dunes to the west, constructed hulking to protect it from the sea and
leased the site as building plots for "Marine Villas".
Aerial view of the large houses on Ansdell seafront c1950.
The first house to be built on this new site
was a large mansion called "Fairlawn" which was owned by James Eden. He was a friend of
Richard Ansdell R.A. who stayed several times at Fairlawn.