I could see this monument, known as Peel Tower from my house. I suppose I saw it every day for nigh on 20 years. As lads we had managed to scramble in the bottom bit and even get to the parapet.The stairs, those that were left were frightening. It wasn't to this year that I finally got inside and had a look up and down. It is cold, damp and if it wasn't lit it would be scary. There is nearly 200 steps to the top. However the signal on the mobile is superb! The actual monument cost £900 pounds to build. The tower was opened by Rossendale Mountain rescue that day. They charged a £1 to go in and climb to the top!
When the flag is flying the tower is open. There are more pictures in the datastore here.
|Looking down the inside of Peel Tower|
|Peel Tower from the West|
|Peel's Speech on the "ground floor"|
|More distant view of the Tower|
IN MEMORY OF SIR ROBERT PEEL
"It may be that I shall leave a name sometimes remembered with expressions of good will in the abodes of those , whose lot it is to labour, and to earn their daily bread with the sweat of their brow-when they shall recruit their exhausted strength with abundant and untaxed food the sweeter, because it is no longer leavened with a sense of injustice"
JANUARY 27th 1846