Up on a hill and visible for miles around is the Pigeon Tower. It stands at the highest point of the Terraced Gardens which were created out of the bare moorland by local businessman and philanthropist William Hesketh Lever, later Lord Levrhulme, founder of Lever Bros. Soap which later became part of the Unilever Empire.
The Pigeon Tower is the most obvious of the many striking features of the Gardens. They were commenced in 1905 and were in a constant state of development until Leverhulme’s death in 1925, after which they fell into a slow but progressive state of decline. Many of the buildings have fallen into disrepair or have been demolished entirely but now the tide is turning with a multi agency approach to stabilise and regenerate the gardens and buildings.
On the day of my visit, August Bank Holiday Monday, the local volunteer group were holding an open day with visitors allowed into the tower for the first time in many years. They were also running a raffle to win an overnight stay in the tower, that would be a most unique experience and perhaps a slightly spooky one given the location high on the moors.
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