The Ashton memorial in Williamson Park, Lancaster is visible for miles around. We can see it quite clearly from across the bay as well as when we are travelling on the M6. Apparently, the memorial was built by James Williamson (later Lord Ashton) in memory of his second wife between 1907 and 1909.
The Williamson family made their fortune manufacturing oilcloth and linoleum in Lancaster, and by 1911, employed almost a quarter of Lancaster’s working men. Like most industrialists of that time the family contributed to a number of worthy causes in and around Lancaster such as building a new Town Hall, improvements to Dalton Square and laying the Lune Bank Gardens (Skerton Park) on the north bank of the River Lune.
For anyone visiting Lancaster, Williamson Park is well worth a vist especially on a clear day when you will be able to see for miles.