SD3036 : Blackpool Tower

taken 8 years ago, near to Blackpool, Great Britain

Blackpool Tower
Blackpool Tower
Blackpool is a seaside town in Lancashire on the Irish Sea coast, lying some 40 miles (64 km) north-west of Manchester and 30 miles north of Liverpool. With the arrival of the railway in 1846, the Town rose to prominence as a major holiday destination particularly for the textile workers of the Lancashire mill towns. This sudden influx of visitors motivated entrepreneurs to build accommodation and holiday attractions. The growth of visitors continued, eventually seeing Blackpool attain pre-eminence as a holiday destination in the inter-war years. The post-war decline of the Lancashire textile industry and the arrival of cheap air fares and package holidays sent many of Blackpool's traditional visitors to more reliably warm and dry climates abroad. Today, Blackpool's many attractions coupled with its good road communications continue to make it a popular destination, but mainly for day-trippers.

Blackpool is the only town in the United Kingdom with three piers; the North Pier was completed in 1863, followed by the Central Pier in 1868 and the South Pier in 1893. This rather bleak view of Blackpool Tower is from the end of the Central Pier. The Tower dates from 1894 and is a Grade I. listed building. It was commissioned by John Bickerstaff, the Town's famous Mayor, after he visited the Great Paris Exhibition in 1889 and was impressed by the Eiffel Tower. Blackpool Tower rises to 158m (518ft 9 inches) and can be seen from most places within a 30 mile radius. It houses a number of attractions not least of which is its ballroom in which dancers are accompanied by a magnificent Wurlitzer organ.
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SD3036, 719 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 23 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 4 October, 2009
Category
Tower   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 305 360 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:48.9640N 3:3.4161W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 302 354
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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