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Work Starts On Historic Tower

Thursday June 13 2013

Friends of Locke Park group Friends of Locke Park group

WORK has finally begun on essential work to enable Locke Park tower to open to the public for the first time in more than 20 years.

The initial work, costing £80,000, will concentrate on tackling health and safety issues and ensuring safe access for the public to the first floor balcony of the stone tower.

The money for the first phase has been raised by 'tireless fundraising' over the past ten years by the Friends of Locke Park group.

David Allen from the group says everyone is delighted to finally see work beginning after so many years in the pipeline.

Mr Allen says the hope is that when the balcony part of the tower is safe locals will once again enjoy its borough-wide views and so be more likely to get involved in further fundraising.

The Grade II listed Locke Park tower, which is 70 feet high, was built in 1877 as a memorial to Joseph Locke's wife, Phoebe.

It is the highest point in the town but was shut in the early 1990s because of its dangerous state.

Engineers say the tower requires top to bottom work on the stonework, ornate carvings and the wooden viewing platform at the top - but to restore the entire tower to its former glory could cost up to £250,000.

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Reply Posted by liz on Monday June 17 2013 at 19:32
I think this tower is beautiful and would love to get a closer look at it, iv took my children to look at it on many occasions we really like the carving, as a child I always wanted to get married in front of it under a flower arch with a marquee on the seating grassed area at the front with people stood down the stairs like in the picture as we walked down lol I hope that there is going to be some way of protecting it on a night so it doesn't end up worse than it already is,

Reply Posted by Sherrel Lee on Monday June 17 2013 at 22:07
Maybe weddings could be held there to help raise the extra funds? Just a thought...obviously with the relevant licenses in place.

Reply Posted by Davey on Thursday June 20 2013 at 22:07

Reply Posted by keith on Thursday June 20 2013 at 22:17
i remember climbing to the top many times as a kid, it was always an adventure. Lets get it fully functional again.

Reply Posted by john on Thursday June 20 2013 at 22:52
if it takes as long as other things around barnsley, new junction at Wickes, & cd holder at side of town hall, then i'll prob b dead b4 its finished