Apparently when it was built, The Great Pyramid of Giza was 146.5 metres (480.6 ft), and held the record for the tallest man-made structure for 3,800 years.
Fast forward to 1311 AD and the record was broken by Lincoln Cathedral.
The central spire was destroyed in a storm in 1549. While the reputed height of 525 ft (160m) is accepted by most sources, there is some doubt.
In 1625 St Olaf’s Church in Estonia then took the lead with a recorded height of 160m (522). It too was damaged by storms and the maximum height could be mythical.
So that means, according to Professor Gervase Phinn, when it was built in 1748, Hoober Stand was the tallest building in the world!
According to his 2010 book, Gervase Phinn’s Yorkshire Journey, Hoober Stand is a strange triangular and tapering structure with a hexagonal lantern built in 1748 to celebrate the victory of the Duke of Cumberland at Culloden Moor in 1746. He reckons it is 518-foot (158m) high. This is approximately the same as Blackpool Tower 158m (518 ft 9 inches)!
Now Gervase was President of the School Library Association for 2006-2009, a consultant for the Open University, Honorary Fellow of York St John University, Doctor of Letters of the University of Leicester and Fellow and Visiting Professor of Education at The University of Teesside.
In 2005 the highest academic award of Sheffield Hallam University, Doctor of the University (D.Univ.) was conferred upon him by the Chancellor, Professor Lord Winston. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and He is an Honorary Fellow of the English Speaking Board.
But if Hoober Stand is as tall as Blackpool Tower, then I’m a monkey’s uncle.