Join us as we chart the rise of the The Battery from a run-down icon into thirteen state-of-the-art apartments which will be available as holiday lets later this year.
No detail has been overlooked in the restoration work, with many original features brought back to life, including the magnificent staircase. Work has been taking place for five years now, as some of you may have seen when walking past.
The top floor apartments have outdoor balconies with fabulous views across The Bay, and all of the apartments at the front and West side of the building enjoy lovely sea views.
Tell YOUR Story
The restoration work on The Battery is very much about celebrating Morecambe’s past and bringing the physical aspect of the building back to life, making it fit for a new chapter.
As part of this, we would love to hear your stories and memories of The Battery. If you have a story to tell (it can be anonymous), please submit it via the link below and we will create a section for them.
At risk of stating the obvious, please don’t submit anything offensive as it will not be published. The idea is to share happy memories.
The building now known as The Battery once marked the boundary between Morecambe and Heysham until 1928 when the two municipal districts merged.
In the nineteenth century the site was occupied by an old mill and the area was later used as a firing range, with an artillery battery stationed there because of fear of an invasion by the French. The mill, then known as The Roundhouse, was used for storing ammunition.
The Battery Inn was built in 1863 and in 1900 it expanded into a larger building next door, when it became The Battery Hotel. It was later acquired by Thwaites Brewery.
Both of these buildings remain today.
Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, Morecambe prospered as a busy seaside resort. Around the corner from The Battery Hotel was The Palace Theatre, one of many Morecambe theatres at that time, used for shows and as cinema, until it closed and was later demolished in 1989. Along the promenade in front of The Battery were laid out gardens, The West End Gardens, complete with a bandstand.
Across the road there was a bus terminus, where the doctors’ surgery now stands.
As the tourist industry declined, with holidaymakers seeking cheaper package holidays abroad, so did the fortunes of Morecambe.
The Battery Hotel ceased to take guests but was still a public house until the 1980’s when it then became the popular Harvey’s Night Club throughout two decades.
The building was later used as a gym and fitness club. In 2014, it was bought by local business man Ian Bond to be converted into luxury apartments in order to put Morecambe back on the map as high quality tourist destination.