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Category: General Interest
Reference No: 4950
Status: Available
Price: £40.00
  Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood

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English landowner, developer and Member of Parliament, who founded the town of Fleetwood, in Lancashire.

Born Peter Hesketh, he changed his name by Royal assent to Hesketh-Fleetwood, incorporating the name of his ancestors, and was later created Baronet Fleetwood. Inheriting vast estates in west Lancashire encompassing most of the Fylde in 1824 and inspired by the transport developments of the early 19th century, he decided to bring the railway to the Lancashire coast and develop a holiday resort and port.

He hired architect Decimus Burton to design his new town, which he named Fleetwood and construction began in 1836. Hesketh-Fleetwood was instrumental in the formation of the Preston and Wyre Railway Company and with his financial support, a railway line was built between Preston and Fleetwood which opened in 1840.

Hesketh-Fleetwood’s town flourished, but the expense of building it left him close to bankruptcy and forced him to sell most of his estates including Rossall Hall, which had been his family home. He left Lancashire and died in London.

This is a fine Free Front (Preston, May six, 1835) to a Mrs Rushton in Uttoxexeter,  handwritten in ink and signed, as usual to the lower left corner. In good condition.