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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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  • For many years I was the local and District councillor for the Stoodley area in Todmorden and so I know this area well. It is a great walk for young and old with very little in the way of 'steep bits'...  more »
  • Well worth the effort to climb up to. A landmark for miles around. You can even ascend to a balcony. 
  • its a great place to go for a walk, does get windy, only thing that lets it down is the graffiti on the tower, just make sure you get the right path. 
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  • Great walk from The White House pub, Near Blackstone Edge Reservoir. The views are great from the tower and since the it's accessible to the public, it provides shelter in cold, wet and windy days.
  • A superb 360 degree vista of our green and pleasant land. The monument is huge and very imposing, and commemorates the defeat of Napoleon and the surrender of Paris. It has recesses on all sides so you can shelter from the incredibly strong winds that might blow when you're up there. You can also go inside the monument, up the stone staircase to get a better view from a higher point. However, it's dark, so bring a torch.
  • Beautiful place, amazing scenery, abandoned farm house near by. Monument is vandalised unfortunately.
  • Pleasant walk from Hebden Bridge, nice 360 view.
  • Nice walk, lovely scenery