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Right - The octagonal Jubilee Tower (generally called Darwen Tower) on Darwen Hill overlooking the town of Darwen in Lancashire, England, was completed in 1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and also to celebrate the victory of the local people for the right to access the moor.
Darwen is a market town and civil parish located in Lancashire, England. Along with its northerly neighbour, Blackburn, it forms the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen. Darwen residents often take digs at their "Blackburn neighbours". One example of this mentions the arrival in town of a former Crimean War cannon in May 1910 together with a couple of fierce-looking shells. Readers are assured that one local wag urged that the cannon be placed strategically at the top of Cravens Brow, presumably pointing at Blackburn. It was regarded as a splendid idea but, to the disappointment of many, the cannon ended up at the top of Whitehall Park.
Whitehall Park (16 acre) is a beautiful park at the southern end of Darwen. It forms a long narrow strip with winding paths leading up through a wooded valley to grass terraces. From the top of the park there is access onto Darwen Moors with paths leading up to Jubilee tower (Darwen tower). From here there are also fine views north towards Longridge Fell and the Pennines. The park is listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens as grade II. The Whitehall was originally built as a private residence in 1898 and has been lovingly restored into a traditional Country House Hotel.
We have been unable to authenticate the above story about the Crimean Cannon. Was it a hoax to wind up the people of Blackburn? We welcome any information that you may have.
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