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The tower on Hartshead Pike is a well-known local landmark. Once you have walked the short path to the top you will be rewarded with some great views of the Pennine moors to the east, North Wales to the west and north towards Pendle Hill. The present tower was built in 1863 by John Eaton, a little south of the earlier structure, to mark the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra of Denmark. The land on which the tower stands was given to the town by Lord Stamford, who also gave the stone for the tower's construction. The earliest structure on this spot may have been a stone pillar, erected to commemorate the passing through the area of King Canute, who is also remembered in the names of Knott Hill and Knott Lanes.
There was once a little shop inside the tower and you could go inside to explore but sadly vandals put pay to this a long time ago.
We were very lucky to visit here on a bright sunny day and were rewarded with some stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
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