The Sir John Barrow Monument; known locally as Hoad Monument (or more affectionately, The Pepperpot), stands proudly upon Hoad Hill overlooking Ulverston and Morecambe Bay. Built in 1850 as a memorial to local Sir John Barrow, a founding member of the Royal Geographical Society, the monument stands at 30.5m and is made of limestone quarried from Birkrigg Common on the outskirts of Ulverston.
During the extensive refurbishment project, (2009-11), MARL donated a variety of task and illumination LED lighting for utilisation within the monument. However, this was later extended to MARL providing 360 degree illumination of the external surfaces.
MARL have illuminated the monument since 2015, working with Ulverston Town Council to provide ongoing support and monitoring for the system including on and off-site testing. The current lighting system uses RGB technology, meaning the lighting can be adjusted to provide speciality lighting for town events such as the popular annual Lantern Procession, and charity and national awareness days. View the Monument's Special Events at Ulverston Town Council.
Managing Director Adrian Rawlinson tells us:
“It is very pleasing to look at the Hoad on a dark evening and see at first hand the result. I think the illumination works well, especially as the light sources are hidden from view. It is quite subtle and the judicious use of colour by Ulverston Town Council makes it special.”