Rivington Pike Tower

June 2011 - Explored with Buddah, Blino, Kenni and The Village Idiot

The prominent summit of Rivington Pike was the site of one of a series of beacons spanning England as an early warning system. The beacon system was put in place by Ranulph de Blundeville, 4th Earl of Chester around 1139, following a Scottish raid in 1138, when a small Lancashire army was defeated near Clitheroe by a much larger Scottish force. The beacon was lit on 19 July 1588 to signal the Spanish Armada was heading towards English shores. Beacons were lit near to the tower for the Coronation of King George V in 1910, at the end of the Great War in 1918 and in 1977 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

The landmark Pike Tower is a Grade II* listed building on the summit of Rivington Pike. The tower is square in plan with sides of 5 metres (16 ft) in length and is 6 metres (20 ft) high. It was built with a wooden roof, three windows and a door which are now blocked up. The roof was hidden by a parapet with pointed corner and intermediate steps. Inside it retains a fireplace and once had a chimney. Its single room is 4 metres (13 ft) square with a stone flagged floor and was originally wood panelled. There is a cellar. It was built as hunting lodge in gritstone and was completed in 1733. John Andrews of Rivington Hall built the tower on the site of the beacon using its stone for the foundations. It was built as a watch tower and used for grouse shooting parties.

The top of the pike and the tower itself give great views of Horwich and the Reebok Stadium below it with Bolton in the distance and the 1015 feet tall Winter Hill transmitter mast behind.

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