30/Jul/2014 - Last News Update: 01:02

Lake District monument reopens after £1m revamp

Category: England

Published: 22nd Aug 2010 11:21:14

Celebrations are taking place to mark a £1.2m renovation of one of the Lake District's most distinctive monuments.

The Sir John Barrow monument, named after a naval historian, is a 100ft (30.5m) high lighthouse-style building overlooking Ulverston.

The 160-year-old structure - also known as the Hoad - was closed in 2003 due to safety concerns.

On Sunday celebrations were taking place to mark the completion of renovation work funded by lottery cash.

Sir John was born in 1764 and was the second secretary to the Admiralty.

The Grade II-listed structure was built in 1850 in the style of a former Eddystone Lighthouse and stands on Hoad Hill.

The monument has undergone a series of structural improvements, mainly to make it water-tight.

It now also boasts web cams showing views from the top, whilst the interior has a series of panels explaining the monument's history and the life of Sir John Barrow.

Ulverston Town Council spokesman Colin Hodgson said: "We believe the re-opening celebrations will demonstrate the affection with which the Sir John Barrow Monument is held in Ulverston and other parts of the South Lakes.

"Public celebrations marked its opening in 1850 and its centenary in 1950 and it is only fitting that a public celebration should also mark this next milestone in its colourful history."

The monument has survived a lightning strike in 1851, a fire in 1900 and an earth tremor in 2009.

BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2010. Lake District monument reopens after £1m revamp [Online] (Updated 22nd Aug 2010)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/83749/Lake-District-monument-reopens-after-1m-revamp [Accessed 30th Jul 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Chernobyl children still suffering

    For the past 20 years, families in Northern Ireland have given up part of their summer holidays to host children affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster
  • Glasgow 2014 round-up: Day Six

    The Commonwealth Games is 11 days of non-stop action.
  • Peers say 'right to be forgotten' principle unreasonable

    Demands for search engines to remove personal data from the web to respect people's "right to be forgotten" are unreasonable, a group of peers says.
  • Glasgow 2014: Georgia Davies - Gold makes work worthwhile

    Welsh swimmer Georgia Davies says winning Commonwealth gold in the 50m backstroke has made all the hard work she has put in since taking up the sport worthwhile.
  • Government ends ban on steel-string guitars in prison cells

    A ban on steel-string guitars in prison cells in England and Wales has been reversed after a campaign by rock stars including Billy Bragg and Johnny Marr.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com