Lancaster’s Most Picturesque Wedding Venue
At the highest point of Williamson Park stands the Ashton Memorial, an impressive Grade 1 listed monument that dominates the Lancaster skyline. Known for its Edwardian Baroque style and stunning panoramic views across the region, the Memorial’s grandeur and history effortlessly make it an incredible setting for a wedding.
The Ashton Memorial was built in 1909 and commissioned by Lancaster industrialist Lord Ashton as a tribute to his late wife Jessy. It was built using Portland stone, a type of limestone that is prized for its durability and beauty. At 150 feet high, the memorial is an impressive sight, with a huge dome that is externally made of copper. The interior of the dome features paintings of Commerce, Art, and History by George Murray. The paintings are a true work of art and remind me of the 360 degree artwork that adorns RSA House in London and Villa Di Ulignano in Italy.
Discover The Rich Heritage Of The Ashton Memorial
The Ashton Memorial lives in Williamson Park which is a beautiful 54-acre expanse of parkland and woodland. The park offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside including Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells in the distance. These views are even more impressive when viewed high up from The Ashton Memorial’s balcony! While the Memorial is the main attraction in Williamson Park, visitors can also enjoy other offerings including the exotic Butterfly Palm House next door. The Ashton Memorial is visible for miles around and will be familiar to the thousands that pass it every day on the M6 motorway. It’s open every day to the public, and admission is free.
The Ashton Memorial Wedding Videography
Today, the memorial serves not only as a historical attraction but also as a popular wedding venue, offering couples the chance to exchange their vows in one of England’s grandest follies. Known as the Taj Mahal of the North, it is licensed for ceremonies giving its couples the chance to exchange their vows under the grandeur of the memorial’s dome. Wedding breakfasts and evening receptions can also all be held under the dome, meaning you can have your whole day here! The colourful marble floors, suspended chandelier, and ornate decorations create an mesmerising backdrop for wedding photos and video.
The Ashton Memorial is a true gem of the Lancaster area and it is such an impressive building. It is certainly worth considering if you are looking for a historic and unique setting for your day, coupled with breathtaking views of the city of Lancaster and the surrounding north west.
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