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Pictures of Ashton Memorial

in the town of Lancaster, in the county of Lancashire

About Ashton Memorial

The Ashton Memorial with its green dome, overlooks the City from Williamson Park. It forms a famous Classical landmark and was given to the town by Lord Ashton in memory of his wife.

Lord Ashton was a millionaire whose wealth came from the production of oil cloth and linoleum which was exported world-wide. The memorial was begun in 1908 to a design by John Belcher. Lord Ashton was a great patron of his home town, other gifts include the town hall and the Queen Victoria monument in Dalton Square.

The memorial stands serenely on a picturesque mound, opening up from its higher galleries is the most wonderful panorama of Blackpool, Morcambe Bay, the Lake District hills and the magnificent Lune Valley.

Following a period of neglect, the memorial was restored to its former glory in 1986-87. It now provides a magnificent venue for concerts, exhibitions and can even be hired for wedding ceremonies.

The Williamson Gallery (Williamson was Lord Ashton's family name) is housed on the second floor. This is a superb light and airy gallery with well displayed works of art, some of which may be bought.

The building never ceases to amaze and inspire, at times it reflects the warmth of the sun with tones ranging from a vibrant orange to a subtle primrose, at times it can even be seen as a whiter shade of pale. The Ashton Memorial's elegance and outstanding beauty has a timeless quality which will remain in your memory long after your visit here is ended.

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