From an undated newspaper cutting c1908.
Blackpool Tower, perhaps the
most famous landmark in the North of England, and the first sight the visitor
gets of the town, has been the subject of much controversy, and not a few
wagers, since the foundation stone was laid by the late Sir Matthew White
Ridley in 1891.
Here are a few details about the immense structure and the
buildings surrounding which may help to settle some points:-
Height (to top of flagstaff) 518ft; to crow's nest, 4801t; and
weight, 2,586 tons.
The total number of bricks used in the Tower buildings exceed
The Tower Circus will hold over 3,000 people and is 110ft
The arena is about 42ft in diameter, with a depth of about
The ballroom pavilion measures 120ft by 102ft, and will seat
about 3,500, but will actually hold 6,000.
The aquarium measures 146ft by 62ft, the menagerie 112ft by
56ft, and the elevator hall 110ft square.
The buildings site contains about 6,040 square yards, with
building frontages of 276ft to the promenade, 286ft to Bank Hey-street, 148ft to
Victoria-street and 185ft to Heywood street.