A compilation of local news stories which appeared between 1892-95, during the construction of the Blackpool Tower. The progress of the Tower is the main theme throughout the ebook, other stories reveal different aspects of Blackpool’s colourful life: ambitious, humorous, patriotic, bursting with pride and at times quite bizarre.
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The Blackpool Tower was built in the hope of making a huge amount of money and cost £235,235. Although at the time there was no guarantee that a good profit would be made in Blackpool, the men responsible for driving forward the idea knew that the Eiffel Tower in Paris had made a considerable amount of money in a very short time. Within three years of opening the Eiffel Tower, which had cost £200,400, a prof- it of over £80,000 had been made.
The Blackpool Tower was referred to as the’Eiffel Tower’ during construction, and it was not until 1894, at a banquet held in the Imperial Hotel, that the name was changed to the Blackpool Tower.
The stories are not restricted to the construction of the Tower and overall give a picture of what it was like to live in Blackpool at the end of the last century.
Blackpool was indeed an exciting place: brave construction workers, almost the birthplace for the invention of the aeroplane, arguments over Sunday Opening, ‘the orange-peel brigade’, and at times, fraudulent businessmen. ‘Company Robbery at Douglas’, shows why the proposed Tower for the Isle of Man was never built. To appreciate just how much of a financial scandal this was at the time; a house in Blackpool would have cost between £300-£400.
The articles in this book are taken from editions of the Blackpool Gazette and News, covering the years between 1892-95, and appear in chrono- logical order.
I am grateful to all the staff at the Reference Library in Queen Street, Blackpool, for their help in the research of this book and to Richard Cat- low, Editor of the Blackpool Evening Gazette, for his assistance in the publication.
Good luck to everyone who will attend the next celebrations in the year 2044.
THE POOR EIFFEL TOWER