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Jubilee Tower, Darwen

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The octagonal Jubilee Tower at grid reference SD678215 on Darwen Hill overlooking the town of Darwen in Lancashire, England, was completed in 1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and also to celebrate the victory of the local people for the right to access the moor. It was opened to the public on 24 September 1898. The architect was R. W. Smith-Saville and he modified the plans for the tower slightly.The tower is 85ft in height, while Darwen Hill is 1,220 feet above sea-level. Walkers can climb to the top of the tower via the internal staircase to admire the views of North Yorkshire, Morecambe Bay, Blackpool Tower, Cumbria, the Isle of Man, North Wales, Derbyshire, elsewhere in Lancashire, and surrounding moorland.BackgroundPackmen, peddlers, farmers and labourers used tracks and moorland paths to go about their business. In the 1870s the Lord of the manor of Over Darwen, the Reverend William Arthur Duckworth, blocked ancient rights of way preventing access to the moor even though he was an absentee landlord. Game rights were a valuable commodity and Duckworth did not wish to have his land devalued by trespassers on the moors. William Thomas Ashton, manager of Eccles Shorrock's mines at Dogshaw Clough and Entwistle Moss used the moorland footpaths well to deliver coal to farmers and other customers. Whenever Duckworth's gamekeepers blocked his way Ashton cleared the paths. The struggle led to the courts where Duckworth lost and in September 1896 people resumed walking the moorland footpaths and, as Ashton died in 1884, his sons led a procession onto the moors in celebration.
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  • Being born and bread in Darwen I feel Darwen Tower ( as us locals call it ) is mine!! Whenever ive been away on holiday or on a long journey I always feel good as Darwen Tower comes into view standing...  more »
  • It’s a great walk with the family and dog upto the tower and when there to climb the steps and take in the surrounding views. We normally park at the top of sunnyhurst woods and then walk towards tock...  more »
  • Been up here loads of times, never tire from going up. The views are amazing at the top. Great walks all around too. Been up walking, running and on a bike. Will keep going up too as I think it's grea...  more »
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