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Ashurst's Beacon


A lone walker comes over the crest of Ashurst Hill in West Lancashire and passes the beacon on the top of the hill. Ashurst Hill is one of the highest hills in the area and the beacon can be seen for miles around.

Beacon's were tradionally lit to warn of imminent national danger, such as the Spanish Armada. By the times of the Napoleoninc Wars in the late 18th century most had fallen into disuse and disrepair but the fear of invasion by the French meant that many were made again. Some were manned and small barracks were built to house the necessary soldiers.

Ashurst's beacon, built in 1798 by Lord Skelmersdale, may have been constructed for just such a reason. It's windows and doors are now all blocked up and it is a local landmark in the centre of a country park.

Ashurst's Beacon


A lone walker comes over the crest of Ashurst Hill in West Lancashire and passes the beacon on the top of the hill. Ashurst Hill is one of the highest hills in the area and the beacon can be seen for miles around.

Beacon's were tradionally lit to warn of imminent national danger, such as the Spanish Armada. By the times of the Napoleoninc Wars in the late 18th century most had fallen into disuse and disrepair but the fear of invasion by the French meant that many were made again. Some were manned and small barracks were built to house the necessary soldiers.

Ashurst's beacon, built in 1798 by Lord Skelmersdale, may have been constructed for just such a reason. It's windows and doors are now all blocked up and it is a local landmark in the centre of a country park.

comments (11)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 10 Mar 2008, 01:24
This works brilliantly as a silhouette, Les, especially with the lone walker who gives it all scale.
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, actually twenty odd more came over the hill just after this, thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Mar 2008, 06:49
Great picture and interesting info. You sure that is not a Gromley?
Les Auld: maybe an early work, thanks for the comment.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Mar 2008, 08:35
I like the contrast between the tiny walker and the big shape of the beacon. Lovely colours too.
Ingrid
Les Auld: Thanks Ingrid, I think the walker makes the image, more came afterwards but it was not the same.
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 10 Mar 2008, 09:01
Beautiful silhouettes and colours ...
Les Auld: Thanks Ann, appreciate the comment.
Amazing salmon pink sky. I like the idea of cropping out the sky just above the point of the tower. richard
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, glad you like it, I tried a couple of different crops before settling on this.
Lovely shot Les, and you were lucky to get the figure in just the right place. If he wasn't there it would certainly feel a bit empty in that area.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, not so lucky as I was with a group walking around the hill.
The figure is the finishing touch and the sky is gorgeous!
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, I do think we get some good skies up here in the North West.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 10 Mar 2008, 20:49
That's so funny. We have one of these near us, and I thought you'd popped over for a second. great shot.
Les Auld: Another one for the list of things to photograph then Dave, appreciate the comment.
impressive work of composition : A success !!
Les Auld: Appreciate the comment Zeb, thanks.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Mar 2008, 21:54
Great silhouette, with that walker just adding a sense of scale. The sky is stunning. (:o)
Les Auld: Thanks Roz, glad you like it.
  • Ellie
  • south coast UK in the rain
  • 10 Mar 2008, 23:34
It would have been an incredibly small 'barracks' wouldn't it?

Lovely silhouette, perfect timing
Les Auld: I think the soldiers would have to know each other extremely well, thanks for the comment Ellie.

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