We will be moving from The Visitor building to a brand new office on the White Lund estate very soon.
So with the help of long time Visitor photographer Nigel Slater and former editor Mike Whalley, I’ve been perusing the history of the home of the town’s newspaper.
The Visitor has been based in Morecambe town centre since the first edition of the paper was printed in 1874.
Set up by Yorkshireman George Bingham, the paper’s original humble base was above a joiner’s shop on Out Moss Lane.
Since 1879, The Visitor has been produced from the site on Victoria Street.
The office and printing presses were initially housed in a small one-storey building.
This was demolished in 1929 because it was felt not to be in keeping with the prestige of the town’s newspaper.
The present bigger building was constructed to replace it and has been here ever since.
Arthur Caunt, then proprietor and editor, laid the foundation stone, which can still be found in the front right bottom corner of the premises.
One of the significant features of the new building was the magnificent clock.
Mike Whalley told me the clock became notorious for telling the wrong time.
So the editor James Caunt, Arthur Caunt’s son, ordered it to be pulled down!
The office has seen many other changes over the years, including the moving of the printing operation and the closure of the front office stationery shop. Now comes the biggest change of all.
We wish good luck to the building’s new owners Galloway’s Society for the Blind.
And we leave behind more than a century of memories and history.