The Tinsley Towers before the age of shopping malls and motorways

pooletb - Pics of the old Blackburn Meadows power station.
pooletb - Pics of the old Blackburn Meadows power station.
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It was five years ago this weekend that the Tinsley Towers were demolished at 3am on Sunday, August 24 in front of a large crowd, many of whom had helped generate a concerted campaign to preserve the pair of 250ft high concrete structures.

A popular landmark marking the start of the North for many drivers on the M1, the towers acquired iconic status after their demise.

They were constructed in 1937-8 as No 6 and 7 cooling towers at Blackburn Meadows Power Station and when the newly extended M1 motorway opened in 1968 they were only 17ft away from the two-tier Tinsley Viaduct. The power station closed in the 1970s and demolished apart from the towers, but the towers had a stay of execution before the viaduct was strengthened and it was deemed safe to bring them down.