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Demolition of the Oxford pub has almost finished. Below: The Oxford Hotel as it stood in the 1890s.

Demolition of the Oxford pub has almost finished. Below: The Oxford Hotel as it stood in the 1890s.

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A famous Blackpool landmark has been reduced to rubble ready to make way for a new development.

One of Blackpool’s oldest hostelries, The Oxford Hotel, has graced the crossroads that carries its name since the late 1800s.

The Oxford Hotel, Oxford Square marton, Blackpool, with Great Marton Windmill in the late 1890s.'Damstid Cottages can be seen vaguely on the far left distance / historical'published EG 29/04/1989

The Oxford Hotel, Oxford Square marton, Blackpool, with Great Marton Windmill in the late 1890s.'Damstid Cottages can be seen vaguely on the far left distance / historical'published EG 29/04/1989

The last vestiges of the once popular pub were being bulldozed today, before work begins on an Aldi supermarket.

Parts of the historic facade, which until recently housed a sofa showroom, will be protected and incorporated into the new buildings.

In recent years, the pub had fallen into disrepair after closing its doors to the public in 2009.

The new supermarket is expected to create around 35 jobs.

Speaking at the time the plans were due to be approved by Blackpool Council, Tyldesley ward councillor Allan Matthews said: “My ward colleague Eddie Collett and I feel this is one of the best examples we have seen of a company consulting local people.

“We’ve asked around and spoken about it at the Police and Community Together meeting and people are all very much in favour of it.

“I had a meeting with Aldi and they said local people will be given priority for the jobs and they will be trained for the long term.”

Plans for the 1,647 sq metre store at Oxford Square involve the creation of a new access on Park Road to create 101 parking spaces and 10 bicycle spaces.

It is hoped that by increasing footfall to the area will have a beneficial knock-on effect to other retailers.

The store will open from 8am-10pm Monday-Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sundays.