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Together, these suggest that Fleetwood may well have been the location of this Roman port. No direct evidence of the port has been found, but in , an Iron Age settlement was discovered at Bourne Hill, just south of present-day Fleetwood, suggesting the area was populated in pre-Roman times. A manor house at present-day Rossall , in the southwest of the town, was in the possession of the Allen family by the time of Henry VIII. Cardinal William Allen was born at the manor house in The land remained in the Fleetwood family for years. A man of somewhat liberal views for his time, Hesketh believed that the sheltered harbour and views over Morecambe Bay gave the area the makings of a busy seaport and popular resort for the less-affluent. With no rail link between London and Scotland , he envisaged Fleetwood as the transfer point between the railway and the steamers to Scotland, and set about encouraging a railway link from Preston.

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Virtually bankrupt, Hesketh-Fleetwood retired to Brighton , giving up his parliamentary obligations in

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From to , Fleetwood was included with Thornton, Poulton and parts of Blackpool, as part of the Blackpool North and Fleetwood parliamentary constituency.

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At this time, all the fishing vessels out of Fleetwood were sail-powered fishing smacks, few being over 40 tons deadweight.

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Upper Pharos Lighthouse Burton designed two lighthouses for the town:

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He originally considered naming the new town Wyreton or New Liverpool, but after changing his name to Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood in , he settled on the name Fleetwood.

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The Marine Hall entertainment complex , golf course and Model Yacht Pond all date from this era.

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All the other major fishing ports in Britain, Hull , Grimsby and Aberdeen , were on the east coast, so there was a competitive advantage for a west-coast port with good rail links.

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