St Anne's-on-the-Sea was a 19th century planned town, officially founded on 31 March
1875 when the cornerstone of the St Anne's Hotel was laid. The town was mostly laid
out according to a plan drawn up by businessman Elijah Hargreaves, who saw the economic
benefits of attracting large numbers of visitors from the mill towns to the North
It retains much of its original character today. It is a traditional quiet Victorian/Edwardian
seaside resort with up-market hotels, a sandy beach, donkeys, a small pier and ice
cream stalls. Sand dunes fringe the beach and the town has an excellent, but little-known
sand dune nature reserve and very good floral displays.