Originally called Point No Point a name which goes back over 200 years, Lordship Beach became a beach resort in the early 1900's. Beach patrons would take a trolley ride from Bridgeport at the corner of Hollister and Stratford Avenues through the marshes and into Lordship. The trolley ran through Lordship Center and took a right onto Ocean Avenue. The line ended at Washington Parkway and the passengers would walk down to the Lordship Pavilion which is now Marnicks.

THE WILKENDA LAND COMPANY - Developers of Lordship Manor, Stratford, CT. Office 216 Newfield Building, Bridgeport, Connecticut: Lordship Manor comprises about 500 acres of ground situated in Old Stratford and is easily accessible from Bridgeport by trolley. Seldom can you find such an ideal spot as Lordship Manor situated on the shores of Long Island Sound, yet unlike many shore properties, there are ample shade trees and extensive groves of oaks, chestnuts and birch. Several parks, many beauty spots, ten miles of drives, ect. The land is from fifteen to sixty feet above sea level. The soil is fertile and the water unsurpassed. Roads and driveways are from sixty to two hundred feet wide. A handsome Casing and bath house have been erected and a series of tennis courts adjoin the Casino. One of the finest bathing beaches on the Connecticut coast is open to all the property owners. City water and gas and many other conveniences are available. This property is away from the turmoil and heat of the city; yet convenient enough to easily permit daily attendance to business. Many year round homes have been built at Lordship and a great many more are immediately assured. Daniel Larsen was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1888. He made all of the plans for the buildings which he has erected, numbering more than thirty homes at Lordship Manor. He also erected the bathing pavilion and the dance hall at Lordship Manor, conclusive evidence of the skill which he displays in solving important problems relative to building operations.

November 28, 1892 - THOUGHT IT WAS THE COMET: "It's the comet, sure!" was the exclamation on all sides Sunday night when the fire bells sounded, it having been previously announced that the bells would ring in case of the appearance of the comet or a meteoric display. People hovered on the street to see the heavens in the east aglow, and many were frightened and thought the city was doomed to destruction. The alarm was occasioned by the grass on Stratford beach being in flames.

Lordship Beach from 1915 to 1917 from the E.W. Wilson collection.


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Bath House 1915


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June 27, 1915: KNIGHTS OF GRIP INVADE LORDSHIP; FEAST SERVED: Knights of the road with wares to sell are known as drummers. They comprise a jolly throng of boosters, particularly those affiliated with Bridgeport council No. 369 United Commercial Travelers of America. Some have graduated now to steady situations, some business and some political, but they retain their connection with the association and when there is something big, like the annual outing and family picnic held yesterday, they respond en masse. Lordship Park, the beautiful, gave way before the travelers and when about 130 salesmen continuous and erstwhile, with their families pounced down upon the shore resort at 2:30 the fun began. It ended by degrees, sections of the party departing at odd times after the rattling good feast served in the pavilion at 5 pm. If there is anything the drummers are proficient in more than any other it is in putting the good things where they will do the best work. The families are not slouches either, when the festive board is properly spread. It was ever thus and yesterday was no exception. The management of Lordship Park bowed before the onslaught, giving to the committee the keys of the place. They responded to the reveling travelers by extending the use of the pavilion and here the table was set. Later when everything had been cleared away and when the beach had lost its attraction through familiarity therewith, the gentle strains of music were heard and as the rhythmic chords swelled louder and with more pepper those who delight in exercising themselves terpsichorean wise proceeded to enjoy the old-time pleasure of dancing. It was Doyles orchestra that lured on the picnickers. Happy times the travelers always have on these picnics but none more pleasant than that of yesterday is recalled. The brief thundershower but added zest to the party and did not shatter it. The last one to leave the park departed quietly and at a late hour.


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Hotel Camp 1916


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Dance 1918


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June 29, 1916: LORDSHIP READY FOR BIG OPENING ON JULY FOURTH: Speaking of Preparedness here is no amusement report in this part of the country better prepared to entertain the public that Lordship. With the extra battery of bath houses in readiness there are over 300 individual houses now awaiting public approval, the pavilion has been thoroughly renovated and the beach combed and recombed until it is the finest on the Sound shore. The bath houses are now open daily but the big day, in fact the formal opening will be Fourth of July. On the same day, the new dancing pavilion will be completed and thrown open to the public under the direction of Professor Quilty who needs no introduction to the local people. Then too, there is the tent city with its great dining tent 16 x 86 feet under the able management of Mr. Bush, who has catered to the wants of Yalesians for many years. Mr. Bush states that he is thoroughly prepared to handle record crowds on the Fourth, in fact he is ready now. In the big dining tent anything from a frankfurter to a lobster may be procured at popular prices. Shore dinners will be a specialty. Unfortunately the new big pay as you enter cars for the Lordship trolley have not arrived but it is still possible that they will be in operation for Independence day; the curve and cross-over for Stratford and Hollister Avenues have been received after a series of delay; all spring and the extension at the Shore end is about completed, hence it will not be many days before the big yellow cars with Lordship on the side will thunder along Stratford Avenue to the railroad station conveying residents to and from their daily toil for a pickle. All in all, Lordship is Bridgeports most exclusive and yet most accessible shore report. One of the rare features of the beach is the fact that even at low tide there is five feet of water at the float, hence the slogan IT IS ALWAYS HIGH TIDE AT LORDSHIP. During the past 10 days Lordship Beach has been the scene of no less than nine picnics and outings and many more are booked for July and August. The Lordship Company has magnanimously permitted Sunday schools and other organizations to hold their outings free of charge. Family basket parties also are welcomed. Camp sites may be rented at a nominal figure. Organizations contemplating clambakes will do well to ring up 2690-3 and talk with Ernest Lyon, General Manager.

October 12, 1916: TENT COLONY GONE: The tent colony at Lordship Park has disappeared. Though it has housed hundreds of occupants during the summer months and a few remained until the Monday cold snap, the last tent disappeared yesterday. Nearly all are said to have found lodgings in Bridgeport.

July 17, 1917 - SEA CASTS UP MESSAGE: Sent Adrift In Bottle at Barbados January 1, 1916 Writer Says - What purports to be a message from Barbados. B. W. I., was found in a bottle near Lordship Beach Sunday by Miss Elizabeth Robertson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Robertson of Bridgeport. The message, scrawled upon two sides of heavy paper, says the bottle was dropped into the sea January 1, 1916 at Barbados, an island in the Atlantic 1,800 miles from New York, and the first port of call for ships on the way to South America. On the reverse side of the sheet the finder as asked to correspond with L. G. Taylor. Ellersile Villa, Cape Hall, Hall Post office, Barbados, B. W. I.


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Crystal Ballroom


1923 Lordship Picnic

June 14, 1918 - LORDSHIP PARK TENT COLONY SHOWS LIFE: The tent colony at Lordship Park is taking shape along the shore. Already, although cold weather has somewhat deterred the more reticent from camping, there are nearly 75 tents up. They extend from the bathing pavilion far down the beach towards Steeplechase Island and from the various group locations it appears that the colony this year will be larger than ever. Arrangements already are being made to continue the hotel feeding arrangement under canvas and the campers will have better opportunities than ever of eating meals without the necessity of constant cooking. Those along the shore declare that Bridgeport will find much of its industrial housing in tents this summer. There are thousands of persons now in other cities who desire to join their friends working here but have been unable to find housing accommodations. During the summer months they will venture camping while locations for the winter will be found by many.

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July 13, 1918 - PAVILION MAN RESCUES WOMAN AT LORDSHIP: Mrs. George Scheur who lives at Lordship Park, was rescued from a watery grave yesterday morning by Edward Tichy, assistant manager at the Lordship pavilion. Aside from a severe scare, Mrs. Scheur is none the worse for her adventure. Mrs. E.T. Lavis, nurse at the Lordship pavilion rendered first aid. Mrs. Scheur was in bathing about 300 yards from the bathing pavilion when she was caught in the underflow. Her screams attracted the attention of Mr. Tichy; who was at work at the pavilion. He brought the woman to shore where first aid was given. She was taken to her home where she is resting comfortably.

April 26, 1919 - BATH HOUSES AT LORDSHIP MANOR: Lordship Manor has the smallest number of bathing houses although it has a beach as long as any of the adjacent resorts. The bathhouses number about 300 and will give a service to 1,000 bathers.

July 17, 1919 - LORDSHIP BEACH PARTY: The Sunrise Camp at Lordship held a frankfurter roast Thursday evening at their camp on the beach front. The events of the evening were swimming and the roast. Music was furnished by Ruzicka's band. G. Fant was the host.

July 19, 1919 - AMERICAN LEGION DANCE A SUCCESS: Lordship Manor Social a Brilliant EventMore than 600 Persons Present. - The first social and dance given by the American Legion at Lordship Manor last night proved to be a brilliant event, in spite of the heavy rain. The affair was one of the largest attended summer dances of the season more than 600 being present. The dance hall was decorated with American flags and streamers. A variety of excellent entertainment was provided, the entertainers being the three Dunns in a tambourine specialty and the Alpaugh Brothers, the Harmony Keys Quartette, specialty dancing by the Dunn Brothers and tenor solos by James Saunders. Miss Elizabeth Foster and brother George, who were scheduled to appear, were prevented from attending by the sudden illness of the latter. The Legion realized a substantial sum by the entertainment and dance. The music was furnished by Murray's orchestra of 10 pieces. The use of the hall was given to the Legion by the Wilkenda Land Company, while the Connecticut Company and the Lordship Trolley Company furnished the light.


July 21, 1919 - HOLMES AND EDWARD FORCE HOLDS ANNUAL OUTING: Rain Interferes with Program of Athletic Events At Lordship Park - Employees of Holmes and Edwards Silver Company and their families held their annual outing Saturday at Lordship Park. While it was necessary to curtail much of the athletic program because of the rain it was decided to run off the other events next Thursday noon at the factory, at which time the prizes will be awarded to the winners. A regular league baseball game between the Holmes & Edwards and Bridgeport Brass Union branch resulted in the latter team winning by the score of 15-4. The only other event in which the men participated was the shot putting contest, which was won by Samuel Beardsley, whose record was 35 feet, 7 inches. He was awarded two silver fruit knives. In the events for girls Miss May Stillane won the elimination relay race and received a set of silver spoons. Mrs. Charles Rahner won a silver soup ladle for winning the 50 yard dash, while two silver berry spoons was given to Mrs. Joseph Abbotts for winning the potato race. Dancing and music followed the athletic events.

August 1, 1919 - HEBREWS OUTING WILL BE HELD AT LORDSHIP: Feature of Sunday's Program Will Be a One Mile Swimming Contest - Members of the Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association will hold there sixth annual outing at Lordship on Sunday. It was originally intended to hold the outing at Putnam Park, Danbury. There will be all kind of races and a baseball game between the men and women members. One of the features of the day will be a one mile swimming contest between Miss Carol Gelstein of New London and Miss Hattie Bender of South Norwalk. The winner will receive a handsome prize donated by the president of the organization, Attorney Sal Badesch. Those who will attend the outing will meet at 9 o'clock a.m. at the club rooms, 181 State Street.


August 4, 1919 - MASTER PRINTERS ENJOY OUTING AT LORDSHIP: "Comps" Can't Play Much Ball, but They're at the Shore Dinner. A baseball game between the married and single men was a feature of the outing of the Master Printers at Lordship Saturday. The game was a farce as far as baseball is concerned but it furnished barrels of fun for the printers. After six innings of play time was called for dinner with the benedicts on the big end of the score. Players and spectators then adjourned to Waters' Shore House where dinner was served. In the afternoon the "comp's" and "line-men" went for a dip and in the evening dancing completed a very enjoyable day.

June 23, 1923: LORDSHIP MAN SAVES GIRL FROM DROWNING: Heroic efforts on the part of Leo Little of Lordship saved the life of a young girl from Stratford who became panic stricken when she waded out beyond her depth in the water here and was drowning. Her screams attracted the attention of Little and others on shore. Little leaped into the water and experienced considerate trouble in getting the drowning girl back to shore. After treatment the girl returned her home in Stratford before her name was ascertained.

June 26, 1923 - HIGH SCHOOL BOY NEARLY DROWNS AT LORDSHIP BEACH: John Synoit, a junior at the Bridgeport High school, narrowly escaped drowning while swimming at the beach here this afternoon. The youth suffered a cramp in his arm, and sank to the bottom. Cries for help from persons who saw the boy sink beneath the surface of the water brought John P. Fox, manager of the pavilion and Dr. Horace Gledhill to the scene. Both men dove into the water fully clothed. After diving several times Fox located the body and pulled it to the surface. After Synoit was brought to the shore, Dr. Gledhlll worked over him until the boy regained consciousness.

March 29, 1924 - LORDSHIP LESSEE TO FIX JETTY FOR CHECKING CURRENT: New owners of the Lordship bathhouse for the coming season have devised a scheme to relieve the rocky shore at this resort by the construction of jetties into the Sound designed to prevent the constant pounding of the surf at this exposed point of the mainland. John P. Fox, new lessee of the bath house, who last year conducted the pavilion for the amusement company operations, is busy with plans for the season. He hopes to install a merry go round for the children and is already relaying the boardwalk from the trolley to the pavilion. The first social event at the shore resort will be a dance in the pavilion Sunday night. This is expected to attract many from Bridgeport and vicinity. Arrangements have been perfected with the Lordship trolley company to run cars this Sunday on the usual extra service schedule to accommodate the pleasure seekers.


June 28, 1924 - HIGH SCHOOL BOY SAVES MANS LIFE AT LORDSHIP: Seeing a man sink beneath the waves, Helmuth Duberg, a Stratford high school boy, rushed down the beach, plunged into the water and swam in the direction of the drowning man. Before he could reach the place he again saw the man rise and disappear. When the man again came up, young Duberg grasped him in his arms and carried him ashore, where a large crowd of spectators had gathered. The unconscious man was soon revived. He said he is Nathaniel Pedeak of Bridgeport.

July 10, 1924 - BATHERS DISROBING ON BEACH WILL BE ARRESTED: Following complaints to police by residents here that, persons are in the habit of disrobing on the beach, William Nichols, chief of the Stratford police, promised members of the Lordship Improvement Association at a meeting last night that insofar as possible the beach will be patrolled to prevent such obnoxious practice. In cases where persons already wear their bathing suits under their outer garments police cannot interfere, according, to Chief Nichols, but in other cases arrests will be made the chief said.


Swedes 1928

January 27, 1925 - DIVING TOWER AT LORDHIP BEACH DAMAGED BY ICE: The force of the drifting ice in the Sound has broken off the high steel diving tower which was erected two seasons ago below Lordship bathing pavilion, prior to the swimming events which brought international champions as performers in local waters and has dragged it several hundred yards from its original location. It is seldom that ice of lasting consequence has had a chance to form in recent years along this beach, but the zero weather which has persisted for a longer period than is common, has frozen the shore waters solid several times in the last fortnight. With the thermometer at 6 below zero this morning, the Sound was frozen beyond the point, a distance of at least = mile. The early and clear rising of the sun caused a heavy vapor, to rise from the ice-mass as far as the eye could see. This is the record cold and freezing in these parts for the year. Despite the heavy fall of sleet and snow yesterday, drifting in places to a depth of two feet, Lordship commuters have not been inconvenienced by any lapse in the trolley service, the crew working diligently and constantly at keeping the highway open.

August 17, 1925 - WATER CARNIVAL HELD AT LORDSHIP BEACH: The fifth of the weekly water carnivals was held here today and was attended by the largest crowd of the season. The 100 yard dash for men was won by Jack Porter in one minute and 36 seconds, with H. Duberg second in two minutes and 1 second, and C. Button, third in two minutes and 2 seconds. In the 100 yard dash for girls over 14, O. Ford won in two minutes and 18 1-2 seconds with B. Morgan second with 2 minutes and 40 seconds. In the 50 yard dash for girls under 14, H. Nash was first in one minute and 1 3-4 seconds while M Coward second in one minute and 5 seconds, and B. Morgan, third in one minute and 12 seconds. Jack Porter won the 880 yards swim for men in 14 minutes and 21 seconds. He was followed by H. Duberg in 15 minutes and 36 seconds with C. Mottell, third, in 16 minutes and 8 seconds. The novelty swim, that the swimmer must go a certain distance and carry on a spoon, a china egg, was won in the girls' division by H. Nash, O. Phelan and B. Morgan were second and third respectively. In the men's division of this race H. Hendricks won, followed by C. Fox and E. Braithewaite.


Peggy Doyle remodel


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Seawall 1966


Cottage 1972

August 24 1925 - ODD FELLOWS HAVE OUTING AT LORDSHIP: A combined outing and field day was enjoyed yesterday at Lordship by Loyalty Lodge No. 58 of Odd Fellows, Bridgeport and the Montowese Lodge of Odd Fellows, New Haven. A baseball game between the two lodges was the feature. Other events included track, swimming and dancing. The committee in charge were David Lesser, chairman; Solomon Panish and Morris Bufferd.

July 10, 1926 - NEW BREAKWATER AT LORDSHIP BEACH REDUCES DANGERS: Old-Fashioned Clambake on Shore Thirty-Six Guests Attend - Lordship beach is attracting more visitors this year than ever before in the history of the district. The new breakwater construction put in during the winter in order to keep up the sand beach and ensure a smooth foreshore has been entirely successful and the waterfront now offers some of the best and safest bathing to be had anywhere along the coast. An old fashioned "clam-bake" was held yesterday afternoon in the fields adjoining Ocean Avenue. A number of Lordship hostesses headed by Mrs. C. Franz of Fourth Avenue prepared the bake, about 36 guests being present. Lordship clams are considered to be a delicacy when cooked in the most approved style with seaweed. Through the kindness of Jacob Brothers the Lordship Improvement Association possesses a new steel flag-pole, erected a few days ago accompanied by a flag raising ceremony. About 40 members were present, the ceremonials being in charge of Albert Near. The stars and stripes were hoisted on the new mast by Miss Marjorie Near and H. Davis and Albert Henderson representing the boy scouts tendered the salute of honor. The new mast is erected In the center of Lordship green and is a steel pole 40 feet high. A meeting of the Lordship Improvement Association has been called for next Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock, in the fire hall, when a number of important matters are to be discussed. The sight of the salvaged U.S submarine S-51, towed past Lordship Beach created considerable interest. The cortege coming within close range of the shore. The battered superstructure of the hull of the ill-fated vessel plainly could be seen. Half hourly bus services are now in operation and the beach is forming a mecca for visitors from town and surrounding districts. Fishing is still the popular pastime. Flounders are plentiful and black fish are being taken. The beach presents a brilliant scene at night now. Camp-fire parties are popular while such things as frankfurter roasts and clambakes interspersed with bathing are chief amusements after nightfall. Harry Guckert is carrying out the job of moving the Jacob house on First Avenue has the reputation of moving more people in the district than any other man in his long residence in Lordship. Mr. Guckert has moved many homes from one street to another and is said to have taken more active part in the growth and development of Lordship than any one else in the locality.

August 3, 1934: LORDSHIP SEAWALL ALMOST COMPLETE: Daniel McLeod, Director of Public Works, reports that the Lordship seawall will be completed shortly. Work has been going on since November. The wall is about 800 feet long; fifteen men on average have been employed on the job which is a federal project.

April 25, 1947: JETTIES SEEM EFFECTIVE: Jetties which have been built in recent weeks along the beach west of Washington Parkway seem to be fulfilling expectations of halting erosion and enlarging the strand by tidal action. The funds for the obstructions were supplied by owners of cottages and the Lordship Park Association.

April 25, 1947: AGREEMENT ON BEACH MATTERS BEING SIGNED: Final drafts of the agreement between the Lordship Park Association and the Lordship Improvement Association to adjust beach front matters which have been in dispute, have been written and are being signed by the parties at interest. The draft will be submitted to the Lordship Improvement Association for final action at a meeting next Thursday in the Lordship School. The agreement declares that it is the intention of the parties to provide for the eventual elimination and removal of all cottages lying south of Existing Beach Drive between Washington Parkway and the present westerly terminus of land of the Lordship Park Association and to dedicate said area for park and beach purposes for the use of (a) the various owners of lots shown on Section 1 of the map of Lordship Manor and (b) the owners of summer cottages situated in the area owned by the Lordship Park Association and located west of Washington Parkway subject however, to the limitations herein contained. The Improvement Association relinquishes any park claim on the area north of Existing Beach Drive. The agreement applies to all area south of that drive. The Park Association will lease no land for cottages not already so leased; it will be held for park-beach purposes. No lease will be renewed for a lot not now occupied by a cottage. If any cottage be burned within five years from June 1, 1947, it may be rebuilt of repaired within one year from the date of damage, in accordance with ordinance of the Town of Stratford. If a cottage after that five year term shall suffer damage by fire of more than 50 percent it shall be removed; the lot will not be re-leased for a cottage but will be added to the park-beach area. Similar agreement is made in case use of cottages ceases for other causes. The agreement is binding upon not only both associations but upon their successors.

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1918 Soldiers


1918 Evenings


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1918 Murray


1918 Knickerbocker


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1919 Orchestra


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March 5, 1964: There is always something new going on in Lordship and this past week was no exception. A first in our district was the opening of motel rooms on the beach area by Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Quattone owners of Marnicks located at 10 Washington Parkway which is the site of the former Lordship Bathing Pavilion. After much redecorating, the rooms were on display during open house on Tuesday which was attended by the public.


Point No Point 1969


Point No Point Plan


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Waterfront plan