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Blackpool Tower
Information
Location Blackpool, England
Status Complete
Constructed 1894
Use Observation tower
Height
Roof 158 m (518 ft)
Companies
Architect Maxwell and Tuke
Engineer Heenan and Froude
Looking down to the road below through the glass floor
Looking down to the road below through the glass floor

The Blackpool Tower is a tourist attraction in the town of Blackpool, Lancashire, in Northern England (grid reference SD306360). The tower is 158 m (518 ft 9 in) tall. It was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. It cost GBP £42,000 to construct, and it first opened to the public on 14 May 1894. It is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers. Download high resolution version (600x800, 44 KB)Blackpool Tower. ... Blackpool is a seaside town in Lancashire, in the north west of England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 240 KB)[edit] Summary Looking Down. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 240 KB)[edit] Summary Looking Down. ... Blackpool is a seaside town in Lancashire, in the north west of England. ... Lancashire is a county in North West England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... A sign on the A1 road near London points to The NORTH. Such signs continue for the length of the road. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... A foot (plural: feet; symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The Eiffel Tower (French: , ) is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars beside the River Seine in Paris. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... ISO 4217 Code GBP User(s) United Kingdom Inflation 2. ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The World Federation of Great Towers (WFGT) is an association of tall towers and skyscrapers from around the world. ...

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The Tower

Unlike the Eiffel Tower, it is not quite free-standing: its base is hidden by a building housing the Blackpool Tower circus. The top of the tower is accessed by two lifts. There are four viewing platforms open to the public, the lower of which is completely enclosed. These afford views of much of Lancashire, Winter Hill, southern Cumbria, North Wales, and the Isle of Man, in addition to Blackpool and the rest of the Fylde peninsula. An additional two platforms and the "crow's nest" are only accessible to staff. The enclosed lower platform contains a glass floor above the south-west leg that allows visitors to look down on the street below. The tower is topped by a flagpole, which normally flies the Union flag except during the illuminations when the flagpole is lit by nearly one hundred lamps. The Big Top of Billy Smarts Circus Cambridge 2004. ... Lancashire is a county in North West England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... Winter Hill is a hill in southern Lancashire, England, located between Chorley and Bolton. ... Cumbria is a county in the North West region of England. ... Approximate extent of North Wales North Wales (known in some archaic texts as Northgalis) is the northernmost unofficial region of Wales, bordered to the south by Mid Wales. ... Fylde is a peninsula in western Lancashire, England. ... Flag Ratio: 1:2 The Union Flag (commonly, the Union Jack) is the national flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. ...


The tower is used as a transmission location by a local FM station (RadioWave 96.5) and a variety of non-broadcast services. National and regional FM services do not use the tower, because inland locations provide sufficient coverage of Blackpool. The tower is normally painted dark red, but for its centenary in 1994 was painted gold. Frequency modulation (FM) is a form of modulation which represents information as variations in the instantaneous frequency of a carrier wave. ...


In 1900, the tower was rebuilt with 14 platforms. 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, but a leap year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar. ...


The Tower and Blackpool

Blackpool is a popular seaside resort, and the tower, with its beachfront location, is the main attraction. The tower is lit during the annual illuminations, when the town and seafront are adorned with colourful displays of bulbs that stretch up and down the waterfront for several kilometres. Illuminations are secular Autumn festivals of electric light held in several English cities, in particular: Blackpool Matlock Bath Mousehole Walsall. ...


The complex houses the world famous Tower Ballroom and the equally famous 'Mighty Wurlitzer Organ' where Reginald Dixon played for 40 years. The Wurlitzer is still played on a daily basis in the main holiday season. The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company is a brand of organ, and Jukeboxes and was first famous for manufacturing the finest quality band organs with self arranged music rolls which played at amusments such as carousels and skating rinks. ... Reginald Dixon MBE (born 1904 at Sheffield), died 1985 was a theatre organist and cinema orchestra conductor. ...


See also

This is an incomplete list, which may never be able to satisfy certain standards for completeness. ... Reginald Dixon MBE (born 1904 at Sheffield), died 1985 was a theatre organist and cinema orchestra conductor. ... Horace Finch b. ... A theatre organ is a pipe organ or an electronic organ designed specifically for imitation of the orchestra. ...

References


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Blackpool Tower - Blackpool Tower - Icons of England (215 words)
Looming over Blackpool’s Golden Mile, the Tower has to be the most famous seaside landmark in England.
Since then, the Tower has been surprising and terrifying people in equal measure (on a windy day, you can feel the top of the structure swaying slightly).
Share your Tower experiences with us, whether they be of the Aquarium, the Circus or the famous Tower Ballroom, where couples still spend many a pleasant afternoon showing off their foxtrots and military two-steps.
Blackpool - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1413 words)
Blackpool is a seaside town in northwestern England.
Blackpool Tower, built in May 1894, is a 518-foot-tall copy of the Eiffel Tower.
Blackpool Central, close to the Tower, was closed in 1964, whilst Blackpool North was largely demolished and rebuilt as a smaller facility.
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