TQ2981 : The Post Office Tower (BT Tower)

near to Marylebone, Westminster, Great Britain

The Post Office Tower (BT Tower)
The Post Office Tower (BT Tower)
Known as the Post Office Tower when first opened in 1965, this is now known as the British Telecom Tower or BT Tower.

The tower is surrounded by three and four-storey office blocks which makes it difficult to photograph. However standing underneath and looking upwards, gives an impression of its enormity. At the time this photograph was taken, it was the tallest building in the UK.

It was the first purpose-built tower to transmit high frequency radio waves, and it serves as a functional telecommunications centre designed to relay broadcast, Internet and telephone information around the world.

It stands 188 metres high and has 34 floors. Despite the being one of most recognisable and conspicuous landmarks in London, it was classed as an 'official secret' for almost 30 years. The tower was even omitted from all Ordnance Survey maps until the mid 1990's.
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1977
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November 1977   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 2 April, 2011
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London 
Period (from Tags)
1960s 
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Tower   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 292 819 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.2854N 0:8.3330W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 292 819
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