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photoblog image The Ashton memorial.

The Ashton memorial.

The Ashton Memorial is a folly in Williamson ParkLancaster, England built between 1907 and 1909 by millionaire industrialist Baron Ashton in memory of his second wife, Jessy, at a cost of over £80,000[1] (£4,588,000 in today's money.[2] 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. It has been described as "England's grandest folly" and the "Taj Mahal of the North" but simply as "The Structure" by local people.[3] The dome is externally of copper, the main stone used is Portland stone although the steps are of hard wearing granite from Cornwall. Externally around the dome are sculptures representing "Commerce", "Science", "Industry" and "Art" by Herbert Hampton. The interior of the dome has allegorical paintings of "Commerce", "Art" and "History" by George Murray. The floor is of white, black and red marbles.

Today, the memorial serves as an exhibition space on the upper floor and an venue for concerts and weddings.

Damaged by fire in 1962, in 1981 the memorial was closed for safety reasons, to be reopened after being restored during 1985-7. This is an H.D.R pic' from one frame, processed in Photomatix.

The Ashton memorial.

The Ashton Memorial is a folly in Williamson ParkLancaster, England built between 1907 and 1909 by millionaire industrialist Baron Ashton in memory of his second wife, Jessy, at a cost of over £80,000[1] (£4,588,000 in today's money.[2] 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. It has been described as "England's grandest folly" and the "Taj Mahal of the North" but simply as "The Structure" by local people.[3] The dome is externally of copper, the main stone used is Portland stone although the steps are of hard wearing granite from Cornwall. Externally around the dome are sculptures representing "Commerce", "Science", "Industry" and "Art" by Herbert Hampton. The interior of the dome has allegorical paintings of "Commerce", "Art" and "History" by George Murray. The floor is of white, black and red marbles.

Today, the memorial serves as an exhibition space on the upper floor and an venue for concerts and weddings.

Damaged by fire in 1962, in 1981 the memorial was closed for safety reasons, to be reopened after being restored during 1985-7. This is an H.D.R pic' from one frame, processed in Photomatix.

comments (10)

Every time I pass Lancaster on the M6 I look at this building and tell myself I will go to see it one day, I should make the effort as it does look interesting here.
Frank L Croston.: You should Les,it's set in a lovely park, and the interior is wonderful, with (on the right day ) spectacular views, there's also the butterfly house, and a nice cafe, what more could you want?
What a beautiful entrance- and the clouds above add such drama!
Frank L Croston.: Thanks Elizabeth, it is a spectacular building, inside as well.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 7 Aug 2011, 12:23
This is a wonderful capture. It looks like an antique lithograph.
Frank L Croston.: Thank-you very much Beth, I do have some antique tendencies, ha,ha.I'm glad you like it.
Nice one, Frank!
Frank L Croston.: Thanks Tom, be nice when its finished!
Wow! very nice old building with a dramatic sky. One of the reasons I love England is for it's old buildings. Thanks Frank. frances
Frank L Croston.: Thanks Frances, my pleasure.
great look here. love the symmetry of the building
Frank L Croston.: Thanks Ayush, it is quite a place.
Quite a find Frank, interesting processing, and your trademark exciting sky.
Frank L Croston.: Thanks very much Brian, I must admit, it was the sky that drew me to take the shot, I might not have bothered otherwise, glad I did though.
very defined and dramatic!
Frank L Croston.: Thanks again Dolapo, this is an H.D.R shot, from one frame,then processed in Photomatix.
  • Debb
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Aug 2011, 18:03
Its great. I think I'll give this a go tonight.
Frank L Croston.: What building it! Do you know how big this is? Ohhh, I see what you mean, have a go Debb, I enjoy H.D.R 'cos you never quite know what the end result is going to be,it's a bit like when you got your film back from the chemist, back in the day.
Oh okay, I'll be sure to check out photomatix thanks!
Frank L Croston.: Its certainly worth a look Dolapo, I use it a lot.

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