25 historical Blackpool photos and images from the town's earliest days 1840-1897

This evocative set of photos snapshot Blackpool in its very early days.

They are some of the earliest photos and images we have in our archive and show how primitive parts of the town were and how much it has evolved. There’s a great one of Central Drive which has nothing but sand either side of a track and one on the beach with donkeys and women wearing heavy long dresses and hats which were typical of the Victorian era.

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