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Hoad Monument

The Sir John Barrow monument, or Hoad Monument, dominates the market town of Ulverston in Cumbria. Erected in 1850 upon Hoad Hill, it commemorates Ulverstonian Sir John Barrow, a founder member of the Royal Geographical Society and an intrepid explorer. Trinity House wanted a monument that would be a useful sea mark for navigation, and gave a very generous donation of £100. During the second world war, Lord Haw Haw threatened to destroy "the pepperpot", but it survives as a symbol of Northern stoicism and English endeavour.

David Murphy

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I was born in Ulverston in a now demolished cottage hospital at the foot of Hoad Hill. As a child I wandered Hoad Hill happily for hours, went to services there on Acension day with my infants school. I attended the Parish church, 5 minutes walk from the foot of the hill. Even more special to me is the fact my great, great grandfather was a child who walked to the top of the hill in 1850 with the rest of the townsfolk for its opening ceremony. It is an integral part of Ulverston, a beacon to welcome us home as we drive along the A590. The pepperpot, as it is affectionately known is a very special place,
Carol Oliver


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