RIVINGTON 36A - Rivington Pike Tower
Rivington Pike and its tower can be seen from miles around. The tower is 361 metres (1200 feet) above sea level, and in clear conditions you can see the the Lake District fells, Blackpool Tower, the Isle of Man and the Welsh mountains from this point..Rivington Pike was one of a chain of beacons that stretched across the country to be lit in times of danger. This chain of signals was put in place by the Earl of Chester Ranulph de Blundeville around 1139. A recorded lighting of Trivington Pike beacon in 1588 warned of the Spanish Armada in the English Channel. The Pike Tower was built as a shooting hut for John Andrews in 1733 when he became owner of the Rivington Estate. Stone used was taken from the original fire platform and from the bed of the River Douglas. The shooting parties stopped in 1900 when Lord Leverhulme bought the estate.
October 16, 2016
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