The Midland Railway engaged two different contractors, Price & Wills for the harbour works and Godfrey & Liddelow for the railway works.. The navvies would presumably be hired by the contractors and this may account for the presence of the two navvy villages Klondyke and Dawson City , reflecting well known places in the 1890s gold rush in North America. The villages provided a range of facilities for the workers, including a hotel, bakery, barber, clothing store, canteen and police station.
Captain Wilmott in Across the Water tells us Klondyke village was built off Banks Lane, a very old lane, now non-existent, connecting Heysham to the Middleton shore and running in the lee of Heysham Banks, a low sandy ridge which still exists between Moneyclose Lane and the power stations. The village was centred on Banks House (about half the way along the lane to Red Nab) and in this picture of the Klondyke Hotel you can see the Banks in the background on the right.
The sketch map of Klondyke village below was given to HHA by Jim Scobie in 1998, Marine Superintendent at the Harbour at the time. You can see Banks House on it centre left. Heysham historian Frank Casson tells us that Banks House was at one time a club house for a golf course. This was the original Morecambe and Heysham Golf Club formed in 1892 at a meeting in the Midland Hotel in Morecambe. For further details click here.