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Historical interest: Blackpool

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The town name comes from the term 'Black Poole' after the peat-darkened waters of a stream that runs from Marton Mere.

Blackpool was originally just a small fishing village, however towards the end of the 17th century Edward Tyldesley, the squire of Myerscough and son of the Royalist Sir Thomas Tyldesley, built Foxhall, giving Blackpool its first house of any substance. During the 18th century, the gentry started to popularise the area. In 1745 it is recorded that Elizabeth Byrom and her brother, Edward, spent a day riding on the sands at Blackpool and Lytham.

Much of the major development was the work of Henry Banks who was known as the father of Blackpool. He built the first holiday cottages, and in 1837, his son-in-law Dr John Cocker, built Blackpool's first assembly rooms. This was the Victoria Promenade, which included six shop units below. The bulk of the building still stands at the north-west corner of Victoria Street and Bank Hey Street.

However, it was with the coming of the railways in 1885 that the resort flourished, which included the development of the tramway from Starr Gate near St. Annes to Fleetwood. This ensured that visitors could enjoy the full range of attractions that the town had to offer. The trams are still running over a hundred years later. The town added to its collection of piers, and numerous attractions were built to cater to the tourism boom, including the Victoria (South) Pier, Grand Theatre, the Winter Garden's Empress Ballroom, Tower Ballroom, and, in 1897, the Golden Mile.

The working classes who sustained Blackpool, started to desert it in the 1970s as package holidays to Spain offered the weather that the resort couldn't always guarantee. However, the town managed to survive by reinventing itself as a resort for daytrippers, assisted by the provision of a large carpark running from one end of the town to the other at the end of the motorway.

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Selection of hotels in this region:

Norbreck Castle Hotel and 15 days parking

Carlton Hotel

Carousel Hotel

Imperial Hotel (Winter 2 Night Offer)

The Big Blue Hotel (Club Rooms)

Grand Metropole Hotel

New President Hotel

Grand Metropole Blackpool 3/4 night stay

Hilton Blackpool

Imperial Hotel

Clifton Hotel

Norbreck Castle Hotel

Manor House Hotel

The New Kimberley Hotel

De Vere Herons' Reach

Savoy Hotel

The Big Blue Hotel

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