|Lighthouse on a hill: The Sir John Barrow Monument in Cumbria.|
|Smeaton's Tower, on Plymouth Hoe, which we|
visited a couple of months ago - do you think
the Monument pictured above looks like this?
Owned by the Sir John Barrow Trust, which is part of Ulverston Town Council, the Monument has been extensively repaired and restored in recent years, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and a lot of hard work from the Friends of the Sir John Barrow Monument and the Ulverston Partnership. The structure is based on one of the lighthouses built at the Eddystone Rocks at Plymouth – there have been four over the centuries, and the upper part of this particular one, known as Smeaton's Tower, stands up on the Hoe, where Drake played bowls while he waited for the Armada to arrive, but that's another story...
|Sir John Barrow's birthplace at Dragley Beck. In his day the cottage|
had a thatched roof, but since then it's been replaced with slate.
|By the cottage is Dragley Beck, from which the area |
takes its name. A beck is a stream, and this is not
very big, but just before we were there it was a raging
torrent and flooded the road and surrounding land.
|One of the wall paintings showing the young John Barrow -|
you can see his cottage in the background.
A keen astronomer, he helped develop navigation techniques, was a founder member of Royal Geographic Society, and promoted British exploration in various parts of the globe, including West Africa, and the north polar region, as well as supporting the search for a north west passage through the Canadian Arctic. During his retirement he wrote his autobiography and compiled a history of Arctic voyages.
|Another part of the mural celebrating Sir John Barrow's work.|
I think this is such a fantastic way to remember someone.
|A colourful panel marks the start of work on the Monument.|
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