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19-11-2011, 06:59 PM
The Ashton Memorial is a massive piece of architectural beauty that is situated in Williamson Park, Lancaster. It was built between 1907 and 1909 by millionaire industrialist Baron Ashton in memory of his second wife, Jessy, at a cost of over 80,000 (4,588,000 in today's money). At around 150 feet tall, it is the highest point in Lancaster and dominates the skyline, visible for many miles around. It also offers spectacular views of the surrounding area including Morecambe Bay. The building is in the Edwardian Baroque style and was designed by John Belcher. It has been described as "England's grandest folly" and the "Taj Mahal of the North" but simply as "The Structure" by local people. The dome is externally of copper, the main stone used is Portland stone although the steps are of hard wearing granite from Cornwall. Externally around the dome are sculptures representing "Commerce", "Science", "Industry" and "Art" by Herbert Hampton. The interior of the dome has allegorical paintings of "Commerce", "Art" and "History" by George Murray. The floor is of white, black and red marbles.

Damaged by fire in 1962, in 1981 the memorial was closed for safety reasons, to be reopened after being restored during 1985-7.

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Repare work on the grand steps

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The part of the steps that is being repared. I went into the tunnel with lankylad, but it was dissapointingly short. Some beautiful calcite hangs from the roof of the tunnel however. It was worth going in because it will all be sealed off in a day or two.

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The top room

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Part of the view from the top of the memorial

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The grand indoors

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19-11-2011, 11:44 PM
Nice one! You were on about this a bit ago mint sauce for getting up there!

20-11-2011, 09:58 AM
Yep, always wondered what this was like from the inside, nice work.

20-11-2011, 12:27 PM
Although I tried, the top balcony is closed off for the public as it very old and small so could get damaged through overuse, and although I tried to get on the doors were bolted closed :(

20-11-2011, 05:04 PM
And a few of the underground from me:

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20-11-2011, 06:54 PM
Thanks lankylad, we were quite dissapointed weren't we! It was still worth going though, as it'll be closed off soon for ever :cry