Blackpool Tower at 125: Witness the birth of this iconic northern structure

As we approach the 125th anniversary of Blackpool Tower opening this fascinating set of images capture the structure being built

Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 3:58 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 5:20 pm
Blackpool Tower

The foundation stone of the grand project had been laid on September 25, 1891 by the resort’s MP Sir Matthew White-Ridley. There followed a three year construction project as the now famous red tower gradually rose above the resort.

Ceremony for the laying of the first foundations of Blackpool Tower in 1891
Foundations of Blackpool Tower being laid in the 1890s

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Foundations of Blackpool Tower being laid in the 1890s
Foundations of Blackpool Tower being laid in the 1890s
Construction of Blackpool Tower circa March 1893
Construction of Blackpool Tower in the 1890s
Construction of Blackpool Tower in 1893
Construction of Blackpool Tower in the 1890s
Construction of Blackpool Tower in 1893
Blackpool's South Beach and a half built Blackpool Tower in 1893
Construction of Blackpool Tower in 1893
Construction of Blackpool Tower in the 1893
Construction of Blackpool Tower in the 1890s
Construction of Blackpool Tower in September 1893
Tower & Prom from beach Jubilee 1897
Entrance to Blackpool Tower circa 1894