Tinsley cooling towers and Viaduct – Sheffield – August 2008 – Postcard
The Blackburn Meadows power station was built between 1937 and 1942. The towers featured in the photograph are two of the original seven cooling towers that once stood on the site. These towers were left standing after the others were demolished because of worries that demolition might damage the M1 viaduct. These towers became an M1 landmark and were recognised by motorists and locals as part of the Sheffield landscape. There were efforts to preserve the towers with a view to making them into a centre for arts. Sadly corporate powers had there way and the towers were eventually demolished 24 August 2008. The M1 was shut and over 10,000 people turned up in the early hours of the morning to see them blown up. Like many I preferred the landscape with the towers.
This photograph was captured at about 7am before the light disappeared over the other side of the viaduct. It shows the distinctive towers and the imposing double decked viaduct. The postcard was published as an edition of 200.