Our Crew for the Shoot Ted & Simon Reilly (left & right) UK Supermodel Katie Royle, and Triple World Trials Champion Yrjo Vesterinen in Red. Vesty had kindly brought a Works Bultaco Model 199 for us to feature... that spread coming later. Photo taken at the end of the shoot.

Our photo shoot took place at Hartshead Pike originally a Roman Lookout made of stone on a hill just east of Manchester England. This monument overlooks Ashton-under-Lyne, Mossley Oldham. During the Roman occupation of Britain, a warning beacon for local garrisons, possibly lit during times of unrest, may have been sited on Hartshead Pike. Local trackways were routes for the Romans to access the Roman road at Limeside. The name refers to the hill and the tower. The tower is not on the highest part of the hill but its prominent position, 940 feet (290 m) above sea level, has been the site of a beacon or signalling station from early times and may have been the site of a beacon in the late 16th century. The circular tower is constructed of hammer-dressed stone with a door on the west side and cusped lancet windows. It has a steeply pitched conical roof above corbelled eaves and dormer roof lights.

The tower was rebuilt in 1863 by John Eaton to commemorate the marriage of HRH Albert Edward to Princess Alexandra, replacing a building that had been there since 1751. An inscription stone reused in the tower states "This Pike Was Rebuilt By Publick Contributions Anno Domini 1751".

In the 1930s the tower was open to the public and contained a sweet shop; it closed at the outbreak of the Second World War and the tower entrance was bricked up after the war in about 1950. There is a well on the summit enclosed by a stone slab. The inscription above the tower's entrance reads "Look well at me Before you go And See You nothing at me throw".


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