Weʼre raising £50,000 to help fund Darwen Tower repairs
- Darwen, UK
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Darwen Tower needs your help!
As we're sure you've recently heard, Darwen Tower has been closed because it's upper level has been declared unsafe. Friends of Darwen Tower has had an independent survey conducted on the Tower and it seems there is a lot more work to be done to ensure that our Darwen Tower is safe and secure for future generations to enjoy.
Friends of Darwen Tower estimate that the costs could get as high as £100,000 and are working with the borough council to get actual costs together ASAP.
We have had a HUGE amount of requests for a just giving page to be created so that Darreners can make a donation towards the cost of repairs.
Here's what the Friends of Darwen Tower are doing to ensure that the Tower is open and in great condition again as soon as possible.
On the 14th May 2018 we will be launching the sale of 120 limited edition, locally handmade, individually numbered bronze Tower models that celebrate 120 years since the building of the tower and the freeing of the moors. ALL the profits from the sale of these models will go towards the essential repairs. The Tower models will go on sale for £120 each which will generate £9000 profit once they have all been sold.
We are also investigating Heritage Lottery funding and speaking with other charities who may be able to help.
Here is a summary of the report:
The building's condition is fair but a high standard of planned maintenance and repair are essential to conserve this important building in its remote and aggressive environment
As Darwen Tower is a Grade II listed building, all repairs (like repointing) will have to be done by qualified contractors. There have been no significant repairs to the Tower over the last few years and our aim is to get this renovation done properly so we can pass this precious Icon of our hometown onto the next generations in better condition than we found it!
Darwen Tower Overview
Darwen Tower is owned by the people of Darwen and managed on their behalf by the Borough council. The Tower is listed Grade II and is significant not only as a landscape feature, but for its connections with the 'right to roam', commemorating the events of 1896 when access rights over the moors above the industrialised Lancashire towns were claimed for the Townspeople.
The Tower also commemorates Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897 and this significance is celebrated in the tower's official name 'Darwen Jubilee Tower'
Friends of Darwen Tower Overview
The Friends of Darwen Tower are the principal stakeholder group directing the Tower's care. This group has raised funds for the care of the building and will lead this fundraising project.
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May 27, 2018
Born in Darwen and still live here, fantastic land mark for the town.
May 26, 2018
May 25, 2018
Good luck, hope you soon raise enough x
May 22, 2018
Great local landmark,with superb views from the top.
May 22, 2018
May 19, 2018
I bloody love that tower (Even though I grew up in Rishton)
May 19, 2018
In memory of Marion and Bill Atkinson