12 things you didn't know about Rivington Pike

12 things you didn't know about Rivington Pike

Ownership of Rivingtom Pike has become a hot topic for debate

Rivington Pike lit up at night

Ownership of Rivingtom Pike has become a hot topic for debate

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

RIVINGTON Pike was mired in controversy this week when it was lit up red to promote Chorley - here are some facts about the pike that you might not know.

  • The pike derives its name from the Old English ‘hreof’ plus ‘ing’ meaning the rough or rugged hill and pic, a pointed eminence.
  • The hill was recorded as Rovyng in 1325 and Rivenpike in about 1540. Saxton records the name as Rivenpike Hill on his 1577 map.
  • At 1,191 feet (363 metres) high, The Pike is the most westerly high point of Winter Hill in the West Pennine Moors.
  • There are prehistoric sites at Noon Hill tumulus on Winter Hill, at Coblowe hillock by the Lower Rivington Reservoir and it is possible that a standing stone occupied the summit in the prehistoric period.
  • The pike tower is a grade II listed building. The tower is square in plan with sides of 16 feet in length and is 20 feet high.
  • It was built with a wooden roof, three windows and a door, which are now blocked up. Inside it retains a fireplace and once had a chimney.
  • Its single room is 13 feet square with a stone flagged floor and was originally wood panelled. There is a cellar. It was built as a hunting lodge in gritstone and was completed in 1733.
  • John Andrews of Rivington Hall built the tower on the site of the beacon using its stone for the foundations. It was built as a watch tower and used for grouse shooting parties.
  • William Lever gifted land at Lever Park in Rivington to the people of Bolton, which included the pike tower.
  • It was subsequently owned by Liverpool Corporation as part of an agreement for water supplies. The corporation neglected the tower and planned to demolish it in 1967.
  • After a public outcry and legal action the land was transferred to Chorley Rural District Council, which restored the building in 1973 and completed further work in the 1990s.
  • The land is now owned by United Utilities.

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9:45am Thu 20 Mar 14

filthy6 says...

More like "Twelve things I'll copied from Wikipedia"
More like "Twelve things I'll copied from Wikipedia" filthy6
  • Score: -7

10:12am Thu 20 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

filthy6 wrote:
More like "Twelve things I'll copied from Wikipedia"
Doesn't matter - it'll still be of interest to a good many people.
[quote][p][bold]filthy6[/bold] wrote: More like "Twelve things I'll copied from Wikipedia"[/p][/quote]Doesn't matter - it'll still be of interest to a good many people. Darren1951
  • Score: 27

10:40am Thu 20 Mar 14

filthy6 says...

Darren1951 wrote:
filthy6 wrote: More like "Twelve things I'll copied from Wikipedia"
Doesn't matter - it'll still be of interest to a good many people.
Possibly - but I was hoping for a bit more of stuff I didn't know.
I take your point but there can't be many people that don't know its owned by UU for example
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]filthy6[/bold] wrote: More like "Twelve things I'll copied from Wikipedia"[/p][/quote]Doesn't matter - it'll still be of interest to a good many people.[/p][/quote]Possibly - but I was hoping for a bit more of stuff I didn't know. I take your point but there can't be many people that don't know its owned by UU for example filthy6
  • Score: 5

10:48am Thu 20 Mar 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Me and a few mates roped up to the top a couple of years ago - full of rubbish inside, such a shame.
Me and a few mates roped up to the top a couple of years ago - full of rubbish inside, such a shame. FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 10

10:59am Thu 20 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

And, equally, I take yours, but I can't help wondering how many people know of the Pike, but never take the trouble to try to find out stuff like this for themselves, on WIKI, or elsewhere?
And, equally, I take yours, but I can't help wondering how many people know of the Pike, but never take the trouble to try to find out stuff like this for themselves, on WIKI, or elsewhere? Darren1951
  • Score: 5

11:00am Thu 20 Mar 14

BoltonsBest says...

Have you seen this alternative view of Rivington Pike? one for the Boltonians - http://bit.ly/1g3XlP
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Have you seen this alternative view of Rivington Pike? one for the Boltonians - http://bit.ly/1g3XlP 4 BoltonsBest
  • Score: 3

11:18am Thu 20 Mar 14

Bolton Spud says...

Number 13 - it is in a bad state of repair, with the roof missing - patched up with litter https://www.flickr.c
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ter/8631316113/in/se
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Number 13 - it is in a bad state of repair, with the roof missing - patched up with litter https://www.flickr.c om/photos/fragglehun ter/8631316113/in/se t-72157626207801584 Bolton Spud
  • Score: 0

11:20am Thu 20 Mar 14

Bolton Spud says...

try again https://flic.kr/p/e9
HKz4
try again https://flic.kr/p/e9 HKz4 Bolton Spud
  • Score: 2

11:44am Thu 20 Mar 14

stereo_world says...

Bolton Spud wrote:
try again https://flic.kr/p/e9

HKz4
Interesting pic that Spud. I've never really thought about what it looks like on the inside.
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Spud[/bold] wrote: try again https://flic.kr/p/e9 HKz4[/p][/quote]Interesting pic that Spud. I've never really thought about what it looks like on the inside. stereo_world
  • Score: 3

12:37pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Julian Thorpe says...

Bolton Spud wrote:
try again https://flic.kr/p/e9

HKz4
Great pic Spud... is this yours? If so, can we use it?

Julian (Bolton News web editor)
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Spud[/bold] wrote: try again https://flic.kr/p/e9 HKz4[/p][/quote]Great pic Spud... is this yours? If so, can we use it? Julian (Bolton News web editor) Julian Thorpe
  • Score: 0

1:30pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Tim Burr says...

Bolton Spud wrote:
try again https://flic.kr/p/e9

HKz4
Great link - the rest of fragglehunters photos are worth a look, there's some great photos on there.
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Spud[/bold] wrote: try again https://flic.kr/p/e9 HKz4[/p][/quote]Great link - the rest of fragglehunters photos are worth a look, there's some great photos on there. Tim Burr
  • Score: 0

4:47pm Thu 20 Mar 14

allan111111 says...

If the land was a gift to the people of bolton...then why is it owned by united utilities?
If the land was a gift to the people of bolton...then why is it owned by united utilities? allan111111
  • Score: 9

4:53pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Bolton Spud says...

Julian Thorpe wrote:
Bolton Spud wrote:
try again https://flic.kr/p/e9


HKz4
Great pic Spud... is this yours? If so, can we use it?

Julian (Bolton News web editor)
Yes it is my shot, use would depend in what context you would intend to use it. (sorry I have been here before with Bolton News)
[quote][p][bold]Julian Thorpe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bolton Spud[/bold] wrote: try again https://flic.kr/p/e9 HKz4[/p][/quote]Great pic Spud... is this yours? If so, can we use it? Julian (Bolton News web editor)[/p][/quote]Yes it is my shot, use would depend in what context you would intend to use it. (sorry I have been here before with Bolton News) Bolton Spud
  • Score: 3

4:54pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Bolton Spud says...

Tim Burr wrote:
Bolton Spud wrote:
try again https://flic.kr/p/e9


HKz4
Great link - the rest of fragglehunters photos are worth a look, there's some great photos on there.
Thank you.
[quote][p][bold]Tim Burr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bolton Spud[/bold] wrote: try again https://flic.kr/p/e9 HKz4[/p][/quote]Great link - the rest of fragglehunters photos are worth a look, there's some great photos on there.[/p][/quote]Thank you. Bolton Spud
  • Score: 3

5:14pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Wolfie190 says...

Bolton Spud wrote:
try again https://flic.kr/p/e9

HKz4
Great link cheers some fantastic pics on there.
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Spud[/bold] wrote: try again https://flic.kr/p/e9 HKz4[/p][/quote]Great link cheers some fantastic pics on there. Wolfie190
  • Score: 4

6:00pm Thu 20 Mar 14

BWFC71 says...

allan111111 wrote:
If the land was a gift to the people of bolton...then why is it owned by united utilities?
William Lever bequeathed Lever Park (not Rivington) to the People of Bolton upon his death. Due to the Conservation Order it had to kept as a "open" park for the people of Bolton but the land was acquired by John Magee. After World War 2 the land in which Lever Park sits was acquired by Liverpool Corporation - who had already bought the majority of land, much earlier in time, to create reservoirs t provide clean water to the Liverpool conurbation. But they could do very little due to the Conservation Order.

In 1974 the park and gardens passed to the North West Water Authority from Liverpool Corporation, and to United Utilities on privatisation, and are maintained as a public country park for the people of Bolton, protected by rights afforded by the Liverpool Corporation Act 1902 ensuring “Free and uninterrupted enjoyment by the public”. The listed historic landscape of Lever Park now forms part of Rivington County Park and is used for recreation.

But as for the land in which Lever Park is situated in has historically, as some would say on here, has always been part of Chorley - Rivington was a township in the ecclesiastical parish of Bolton le Moors, in the Salford hundred in Lancashire. It became part of the Chorley Poor Law Union, formed in 1837, and took responsibility for the administration and funding of the Poor Law in that area. In 1866 Rivington became a civil parish. It became part of the Chorley Rural Sanitary District from 1875 to 1894, and part of the Chorley Rural District from 1894 to 1974. Since 1974 Rivington has been a civil parish of the Borough of Chorley
[quote][p][bold]allan111111[/bold] wrote: If the land was a gift to the people of bolton...then why is it owned by united utilities?[/p][/quote]William Lever bequeathed Lever Park (not Rivington) to the People of Bolton upon his death. Due to the Conservation Order it had to kept as a "open" park for the people of Bolton but the land was acquired by John Magee. After World War 2 the land in which Lever Park sits was acquired by Liverpool Corporation - who had already bought the majority of land, much earlier in time, to create reservoirs t provide clean water to the Liverpool conurbation. But they could do very little due to the Conservation Order. In 1974 the park and gardens passed to the North West Water Authority from Liverpool Corporation, and to United Utilities on privatisation, and are maintained as a public country park for the people of Bolton, protected by rights afforded by the Liverpool Corporation Act 1902 ensuring “Free and uninterrupted enjoyment by the public”. The listed historic landscape of Lever Park now forms part of Rivington County Park and is used for recreation. But as for the land in which Lever Park is situated in has historically, as some would say on here, has always been part of Chorley - Rivington was a township in the ecclesiastical parish of Bolton le Moors, in the Salford hundred in Lancashire. It became part of the Chorley Poor Law Union, formed in 1837, and took responsibility for the administration and funding of the Poor Law in that area. In 1866 Rivington became a civil parish. It became part of the Chorley Rural Sanitary District from 1875 to 1894, and part of the Chorley Rural District from 1894 to 1974. Since 1974 Rivington has been a civil parish of the Borough of Chorley BWFC71
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Thu 20 Mar 14

allan111111 says...

BWFC71 wrote:
allan111111 wrote:
If the land was a gift to the people of bolton...then why is it owned by united utilities?
William Lever bequeathed Lever Park (not Rivington) to the People of Bolton upon his death. Due to the Conservation Order it had to kept as a "open" park for the people of Bolton but the land was acquired by John Magee. After World War 2 the land in which Lever Park sits was acquired by Liverpool Corporation - who had already bought the majority of land, much earlier in time, to create reservoirs t provide clean water to the Liverpool conurbation. But they could do very little due to the Conservation Order.

In 1974 the park and gardens passed to the North West Water Authority from Liverpool Corporation, and to United Utilities on privatisation, and are maintained as a public country park for the people of Bolton, protected by rights afforded by the Liverpool Corporation Act 1902 ensuring “Free and uninterrupted enjoyment by the public”. The listed historic landscape of Lever Park now forms part of Rivington County Park and is used for recreation.

But as for the land in which Lever Park is situated in has historically, as some would say on here, has always been part of Chorley - Rivington was a township in the ecclesiastical parish of Bolton le Moors, in the Salford hundred in Lancashire. It became part of the Chorley Poor Law Union, formed in 1837, and took responsibility for the administration and funding of the Poor Law in that area. In 1866 Rivington became a civil parish. It became part of the Chorley Rural Sanitary District from 1875 to 1894, and part of the Chorley Rural District from 1894 to 1974. Since 1974 Rivington has been a civil parish of the Borough of Chorley
Thank you
[quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allan111111[/bold] wrote: If the land was a gift to the people of bolton...then why is it owned by united utilities?[/p][/quote]William Lever bequeathed Lever Park (not Rivington) to the People of Bolton upon his death. Due to the Conservation Order it had to kept as a "open" park for the people of Bolton but the land was acquired by John Magee. After World War 2 the land in which Lever Park sits was acquired by Liverpool Corporation - who had already bought the majority of land, much earlier in time, to create reservoirs t provide clean water to the Liverpool conurbation. But they could do very little due to the Conservation Order. In 1974 the park and gardens passed to the North West Water Authority from Liverpool Corporation, and to United Utilities on privatisation, and are maintained as a public country park for the people of Bolton, protected by rights afforded by the Liverpool Corporation Act 1902 ensuring “Free and uninterrupted enjoyment by the public”. The listed historic landscape of Lever Park now forms part of Rivington County Park and is used for recreation. But as for the land in which Lever Park is situated in has historically, as some would say on here, has always been part of Chorley - Rivington was a township in the ecclesiastical parish of Bolton le Moors, in the Salford hundred in Lancashire. It became part of the Chorley Poor Law Union, formed in 1837, and took responsibility for the administration and funding of the Poor Law in that area. In 1866 Rivington became a civil parish. It became part of the Chorley Rural Sanitary District from 1875 to 1894, and part of the Chorley Rural District from 1894 to 1974. Since 1974 Rivington has been a civil parish of the Borough of Chorley[/p][/quote]Thank you allan111111
  • Score: 2

7:59pm Thu 20 Mar 14

orion6 says...

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Me and a few mates roped up to the top a couple of years ago - full of rubbish inside, such a shame.

Some might well construe the use of climbing ropes on the pike to be an act of vandalism. Most certainly not an activity to be encouraged if this famous Lancashire landmark is to be preserved.
FreedomOfSpeech1945 says... Me and a few mates roped up to the top a couple of years ago - full of rubbish inside, such a shame. Some might well construe the use of climbing ropes on the pike to be an act of vandalism. Most certainly not an activity to be encouraged if this famous Lancashire landmark is to be preserved. orion6
  • Score: 2

3:32pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Lancistan says...

Shame it is not owned by someone who would take better care of it.
Shame it is not owned by someone who would take better care of it. Lancistan
  • Score: 0

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