Stoodley Pike, Todmorden

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Stoodley Pike is a 1300ft hill in the south Pennines, noted for the Stoodley Pike Monument at its summit, which dominates the moors above Todmorden in West Yorkshire, England. The monument was designed in 1854 by local architect James Green, and completed in 1856 at the end of the Crimean War.The monument replaced an earlier structure, started in 1814 and commemorating the defeat of Napoleon and the surrender of Paris. It was completed in 1815, after the Battle of Waterloo (Napoleonic Wars), but collapsed in 1854 after an earlier lightning strike, and decades of weathering. Its replacement was therefore built slightly further from the edge of the hill. During repair work in 1889 a lightning conductor was added, and although the tower has since been struck by lightning on numerous occasions, no notable structural damage is evident. There is evidence to suggest that some sort of structure existed on the site even before the earlier structure was built.The inscription above the entrance is worn and covered with lichen but it is legible and reads:STOODLEY PIKEA BEACON MONUMENTERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTIONCOMMENCED IN 1814 TO COMMEMORATETHE SURRENDER OF PARIS TO THE ALLIESAND FINISHED AFTER THE BATTLE OFWATERLOO WHEN PEACE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1815.BY A STRANGE COINCIDENCETHE PIKE FELL ON THE DAY THE RUSSIANAMBASSADOR LEFT LONDON BEFORE THEDECLARATION OF WAR WITH RUSSIA IN 1854.WAS REBUILT WHEN PEACE WAS RESTORED IN1856RESTORED AND LIGHTNING CONDUCTOR FIXED1889
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  • July 15, 2017
    A beautiful walk, some of the best scenery in the area with wild mushrooms in abundance. The Pike feels really old and can be particularly eerie in the evening.  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    I wouldn't call this area beautiful, but it is wide open spaces, long views and some very striking hills and valleys. Great walking country.  more »
  • June 29, 2017
    Stoodley Pike is an imposing monument right next to the Pennine Way and visible for miles around. The stairs inside are very dark, but the view from up top is worth seeing.  more »
  • Great views and an Iconic landmark. Follow the ridge round and visit Gaddings dam at the same time to cool your feet.
  • Lovely place to walk, bit of a steep climb up but good underfoot
  • Great views of Yorkshire & Lancashire well worth the effort 😁😁😁
  • Its a challenge to walk or ride up to. Good fun on a bike. Quite technical in places.
  • Really great walk with Tony clegg

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