TQ2597 : Beacon on Tower of St Mary the Virgin Church, Monken Hadley

taken 16 years ago, near to Monken Hadley, Barnet, Great Britain

Beacon on Tower of St Mary the Virgin Church, Monken Hadley
Beacon on Tower of St Mary the Virgin Church, Monken Hadley
When the Queen had her Golden Jubilee in 2002 beacons were lit in celebration. One of these was in the Church Tower of St Mary the Virgin at Monken Hadley. This was a genuine beacon not a gas fired replica.

The history of the beacon is as follows: on top of a turret at the South West angle of the tower is an iron cresset, fire pan or pitch-pot, an almost unique survivor of other days. It was erected by the monks to guide wayfarers crossing Enfield Chase by night, and travellers to or from St Albans, or the north. The beacon may have been used as late as 1745 to provide an alarm to warn of the Stuart rising in the North. It was used for a more pleasant occasion to mark the marriage of the Prince of Wales in 1863, when the future Edward VII married Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
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TQ2597, 115 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
June 2002   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 21 August, 2005
Category
Church   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 250 974 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:39.6894N 0:11.6500W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 249 974
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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