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Rivington Pike, Bolton, England

March 29th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Rivington Pike stands on Rivington Moor, near to Winter Hill, 361m (1200 feet) above sea level. Part of Chorley Borough, it overlooks the town of Horwich, near Bolton in the North West of England.

In times gone by, Rivington Pike was known as Rounpik (c.1280) and Riuinpik (c.1380), names thought to have originated from the Norse language.

On the Pike is a tower, which was built in 1733 by the owner of Rivington Hall, John Andrews, when he became sole owner of the Rivington estate in 1729. The stone used was taken from the original fire platform and from the bed of the River Douglas. It is a square tower, with sides 5m (17 feet) and 6m (20 feet) high.

At one time it had a wooden roof and windows in all four sides. The single internal room was 4m (13 feet) square with a stone flagged floor, a fireplace and a cellar. It was used for shelter when grouse shooting parties visited the moors, but this stopped in 1900 when W.H.Lever bought the Estate. The tower is now bricked up and is a Grade 2 listed building.

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