SD4861 : Ashton Memorial - Arms of Lancaster

near to Lancaster, Lancashire, Great Britain

Ashton Memorial - Arms of Lancaster
Ashton Memorial - Arms of Lancaster
One of three arched stained glass windows in the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park Lancaster. They are all dated 1908. This one faces westwards and bears the arms of the city of Lancaster with its motto "Luck to Loyne" - Loyne being a version of "Lune" the river which flows through Lancaster and from which it takes its name.
The arms relate to those of Edmund "Crouchback" second surviving son of Henry III who was the first Earl of Lancaster, as he used the three lions (known perversely as "leopards") of England differenced by a label of cadency bearing the gold fleur-de-lys on blue of France. These arms take one of the English "leopards" and have the French fleur-del-lys in chief (in the top band).
These arms were only granted as recently as 1907, so were very new when this window was made.
Note the eastward facing window bears the same coat of arms and is effectively a duplicate of this one. The northward facing one is however SD4861 : Ashton Memorial - Arms of Williamson family
Ashton Memorial
The Ashton Memorial was built between 1907 and 1909 when it opened on the 24th October. The archicect was John Belcher who created this lavish folly in the Edwardian Baroque style, while the sculptures are by Herbert Hampton.
It was built for James Williamson, 1st Baron Ashton, a highly successful local businessman as a memorial to his second wife, Jess, who had died in 1904.
With his father (also called James) he had previously created Williamson Park (see separate description) in which the memorial stands upon a hill as an unmissable focal point. It cost over 80,000 to build, some 4.5m in equivalent (2012) terms.
It stands approximately 150' (45m) tall, but already elevated by the hill on which it sits, so that it can be seen for miles around Lancaster, and offers superb views of the surrounding countryside from its viewing galleries.
It is built of Portland Stone, the favoured stone of grand Victorian buildings to be found in all the great cities of the Victorian age and beyond (this memorial for example dating from Edward VII's reign). The green dome is copper which has naturally acquired the green protective coating of verdigris (a complex of copper carbonate, chloride and sometimes, acetate). The grand staircase leading up to the monument is made from hard-wearing Cornish granite.
The monument was damaged by fire in 1961 and continued to decline such that by 1981 it had to close to the public. Thankfully private donations and public grants meant that this dramatic building was restored, and it reopened in 1988. As well as being a visitor attraction in its own right, it now also houses exhibitions and can be hired for weddings and other functions.
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Wednesday, 29 August, 2012   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 5 September, 2012
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Suburb, Urban fringe 
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Lancaster 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 4889 6131 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:2.7127N 2:46.9223W
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