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Ashton Memorial. I love this building. This is the Ashton Memorial, found high up in Williamson Park, Lancaster. It is known as a folly—that is—a building that is mostly designed for decorative purposes, though these days such buildings tend to serve secondary purposes as well. Gotta love the English language.
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; around £4.5m in today’s money. At around 150 feet tall, it dominates the Lancaster skyline and is 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.
I love it when it feels like I get an entire park to myself.
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