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Blackpool is a seaside resort town in Lancashire, England.
It is located on the Irish Sea coast of the Fylde peninsula, approximately 27 miles (43 km) north of Liverpool and 14 miles (23 km) west of Preston. It is the main settlement in the borough of the same name.
The population of Blackpool at the 2021 census was 141,000, a drop of 1,100 from the 2011 census.Blackpool was originally a small hamlet; it began to grow in the mid-eighteenth century, when sea bathing for health purposes became fashionable.
Blackpool's beach was suitable for this activity and by 1781 several hotels had been built.
The opening of a railway station in the 1846 allowed more visitors to reach the resort, which continued to grow for the remainder of the nineteenth century.
In 1876 the town became a borough, and by 1951 its population had reached 147,000.
Blackpool's development was closely tied to the Lancashire cotton mill practice of annual factory maintenance shutdowns, known as wakes weeks, when many workers chose to visit the seaside.In the late 20th century, changing holiday preferences and increased overseas travel impacted Blackpool's standing as a leading resort.
Despite economic challenges, the town's urban fabric and economy remain centred around tourism.
Today, Blackpool's seafront, featuring landmarks such as Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Illuminations, Pleasure Beach, and the Winter Gardens, continue to draw millions of visitors annually."}}}}
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