Like all towns and cities in the UK, Blackpool has changed over the years and continues to do so. This much-loved seaside resort has developed from just a few houses along the 7 miles of golden beach in the mid to late 1700s to what it is today. Did you know that Bispham features in the Domesday Book of 1086 and was a village in its own right until 1910? (The Domesday Book was completed in 1086 by order of King William the Conqueror as a great survey of much of England and parts of Wales. William needed to raise taxes to pay for his army and the survey was used to assess the wealth and assets of his subjects throughout the land).
Lord Horatio Nelson was a very famous admiral of the Napoleonic Wars and is known as the greatest sea warrior in British history. Although a sickly child, he went to sea when he was just 12 years old. HMS Foudroyant was his flagship, launched in 1798 and retired from active service in 1812. It then became a floating museum and on the 16th June, 1897 it was wrecked on Blackpool sands opposite the Metropole Hotel. All the crew survived. The wreck was sold and made into souvenirs. Some of the timbers were used for the building of St Paul’s church, North Shore.
When Blackpool Tower opened in 1894 the second floor housed a menagerie (a collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition). There were lions, tigers, polar bears, other smaller animals and birds. It closed in the early 1970s when Blackpool Zoo opened.
These facts and many more, including a wonderful array of photographs, were taken from the book “Lost Blackpool”, published in 2019 and written by Chris Bottomley and Allan W. Wood.
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