Blackpool, Lancashire
Blackpool is a seaside town on the Lancashire coast, about 40 miles north of Manchester. In
1846 a railway link to the town was completed and this resulted in a rapid growth of tourism and
of the town itself. The 158 metre tower, based on the
Eiffel Tower, opened in 1894. During the
second world war my mother often took me to Blackpool to stay with my aunt who ran a
boarding house in
Bispham. It was also fairly safe from bombing !! The number of tourists has
fallen greatly since the 1960s when people began flying to the Mediterranean resorts, but
Blackpool remains one of the country's most popular holiday spots.
Old Postcard, Blackpool, Aerial View
Blackpool, Talbot Square
Blackpool, Aerial View
Blackpool, Aerial View
Blackpool North Pier
Blackpool Maxim Flying Machine
The North Pier about 1910.
Old Postcard, Bispham
Blackpool Tower and North Pier
Blackpool
A 1939 postcard of Bispham.
This aerial view is from 1925.   
A postcard mailed in 1905.  
Victoria Pier, Blackpool
Blackpool Promenade and North Pier
The Victoria Pier was Blackpool's third pier. It opened in 1893 and was
later - 1930 - renamed the South Pier. This postcard was mailed in
1907.  
Blackpool Illuminations
Blackpool Illuminations
Blackpool Illuminations
Blackpool, Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen
In 1953 Blackpool
beat Bolton
Wanderers 4-3 in the
FA Cup Final, after
being 3-1 down. Stan
Mortensen scored 3
goals but the match
will always be
remembered as the
Stanley Matthews
match for it was his
performance which
inspired the team and
laid on the goals for
Mortensen. This
postcard shows
Matthews and the
victorious team with
the Cup.
Blackpool Tower Ballroom
The Tower Ballroom, with a full orchestra playing. Remember Reginald Dixon ?
South Shore, Blackpool, Old Postcard
Blackpool, Princess Parade
An undated postcard of "Maxim Flying Machine, Blackpool, Travelling
40 Miles an Hour".  
An excellent quality real photo postcard from 1917.
Blackpool, North Pier
A view of Blackpool from the North Pier, posted in 1918.
Blackpool Storm
Blackpool Front
An undated postcard of the beach.
Blackpool Beach
Children on the sands, 1915.
Bispham Church
Bispham Village
Bispham Village in the 1930s.
Bispham Church where my cousin was married in the late 1940s. This
postcard is from 1905.
Blackpool View from Tower
A 1918 view from the Tower.
Talbot Square from the Tower.   
Three postcards of the Illuminations.
Princess Parade.   
Did You Know.... that Alastair Cooke, the
broadcaster and journalist, went to Blackpool
Grammar School ?
Did You Know.......that the world famous
menthol lozenges "Fisherman's Friend" were
developed and produced in Fleetwood in 1865
by James Lofthouse ? They are still produced
in Fleetwood today by this family run business
- have a look at
their website !
And Did You Know............that Cynthia
Powell, who was John Lennon's first wife, was
born in Blackpool in 1939 ? They were
divorced in 1968 when Lennon left her for
Yoko Ono.
And Did You Also Know...........that Chris
Patten, Conservative Politician and former
Governor of
Hong Kong, was born in Cleveleys
in 1944 ?
Follow this link for the official Blackpool
Football Club website.

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To read about Blackpool's three piers follow
these links :
North Pier     Central Pier   South Pier
Blackpool Tower
The top of the Tower.   
Blackpool, Talbot Square
An excellent view of Talbot Square.    
The Queen's Drive, Norbreck
The Queen's Drive, Norbreck.
Blackpool, Adelaide Street
Adelaide Street.
Bispham Church
Bispham Church.
Blackpool, Talbot Square
Talbot Square.
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The view from the Tower, looking north.
Two views of the North Pier.
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Did You Know.... that William Ewart Gladstone,
four times British Prime Minister, was born in
Blackpool in 1809 ?
Blackpool - Princess Parade
Princess Parade.
Blackpool - North Pier
The North Pier.  
Blackpool, Victoria Pier
Victoria Pier.
Blackpool, St Chad's Road
St Chad's Road.
Blackpool - Donkeys
An advertising postcard.
Bispham Tram Station
Bispham Tram Station.
Blackpool Greetings Postcard
A pleasant greetings card from Blackpool - look at the fashions - late 1920s ?
Blackpool, Big Dipper
The Big Dipper in the Pleasure Gardens.   
Blackpool, North Pier
A 1930s postcard of the North Pier.   
Blackpool, Casino
A 1939 postcard of the Casino.
Blackpool, Central Promenade
Central Promenade.
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Blackpool, Alhambra and Tower
Old Postcard, Blackpool, Lancashire, Pleasure Beach
A 1927 postcard of the Pleasure Beach.
The Tower Ballroom.
Blackpool, Palace Theatre
A 1918 postcard of the Palace Theatre.
Norbreck Hydro
A 1930s postcard of the Norbreck Hydro.  
Blackpool, Winter Gardens
Bispham
The Indian Lounge at the Winter Gardens.
Bispham - this card was mailed in 1906.
Blackpool, North Promenade
Looking south along the North Promenades.
Blackpool Tower and Wheel
No date for this unusual view of the Tower and the wheel.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Late 1920s or early 1930s for this one ?
Blackpool South Promenade
An early 20th Century view of the South Promenade.
Blackpool - North Pier
The North Pier.
Blackpool
The Central Shore. Some artistic licence here,sun setting in the north ?
Some more postcards of the illuminations.
Extreme North, Blackpool
A superb postcard from 1916 of the North End of Blackpool.
Blakcpool, Hornby Road
No date for this view of Hornby Road.
Blackpool North Pier Fire
Old Postcard, Blackpool North Pier Fire
Two postcards of the North Pier Fire. I believe this was the fire that destroyed the theatre in 1921, but I'm not sure - please help if you have
any information !
No date for this one.
Blackpool, River Caves of the World
I assume this was a part of the South Shore Pleasure Gardens - it's dated 1905.
Bispham
An undated view of Bispham.   
Blackpool, Central Pier
The Central Pier.   
Norbreck
The Cliffs, Norbreck.
Bispham
A postcard of Bispham from the early years of the Twentieth Century.
Blackpool - Talbot Square
Talbot Square.
Blackpool, Christmas Card
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Jewellery Trinket Box - Blackpool Tower
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Souvenir Mug - Blackpool
Souvenir Mug - Blackpool by Postcards of the Past
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