Coming off the main road which is the A585 and Amounderness Way, past the wrought iron sign on your left proclaiming ‘Cleveleys’, on your right the next interesting thing that you’ll see is a quaint old cabin for the bus stop. Pass by slowly, and behind the bus stop you’ll see the duck pond – that’s if you don’t see the ducks first!
The bus stop cabin sits among a lovely small public garden – maybe on the small side to be called a park – but that’s the general idea and that’s why it’s in this section. The gardens are maintained by Wyre Council but looked after by and with seasonal planting in summer forms a major part of the Cleveleys In Bloom entry each year.
Behind the decorative railings which keep toddlers safe from a soaking, sits the duck pond itself. It’s a fairly large pond, which is home to a wide variety of local wildlife, including mallard ducks and the white ‘Jemima Puddleducks’ with orange beak and legs. They’re all very tame and expect a meal from everyone who pays a visit, sitting on the grass and waddling about quacking, they come up to people asking for bread or in fact anything that you’ve got which is edible! Depending on the weather, they’re often helped along by seagulls, who venture inland when it turns cold or rough, and of course the resident starlings.
Local folklore has it that there are terrapins living in the lake, one of which is quite huge. It could be an urban myth, or it could be a fact – after the Mutant Ninja film in the 80’s there was a craze for turtle pets, many of which were released into ponds and watercourses when their owners tired of them.
Cleveleys Duck Pond backs onto The Towers – the small wooded urban retreat right in the centre of Cleveleys. Find out more about The Towers here.
Each year the Cleveleys In Bloom campaign transforms the Duck Pond gardens into a showpiece of flowers, ready for the judges when they come along to inspect the contributions to the towns entry in the annual competition.
From Thornton Cleveleys Past
Information about the origins of the Duck Pond seems to be thin on the ground. One source thinks that it was originally a ‘Dub’. There were old settlements around this area going back to the time of the Domesday book, and when houses were built with Wattle and Daub, the muddy clay was extracted from the ground leaving behind holes that filled with water called ‘Dubs’. Apparently that is the origin of the pond at Wray Green, which is still nicknamed ‘The Dub’.
The Thornton Cleveleys Past Facebook Group kindly provided these old photos, which aren’t dated but look to go back to probably the turn of this century, looking at the way the people are dressed in them.
From Thornton Cleveleys Past
If you know anything more about the past of the Duck Pond – why it was built, who built it, or what it might have been used for in the past – please get in touch as we’d like to add your comments to this article. If you’ve got any more photos from the past it would be great to share them too. All credit given to the source.
Cleveleys Duck Pond on Victoria Road West