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Beacon Tower 1904

Beacon Tower (John Price Postcard) circa 1905

Photo courtesy of Dave Harrison

Beacon Tower 1934

Beacon Tower and Water Storage Tanks

circa 1934

Beacon Tower 1904

Beacon Tower today

Photograph courtesy of

Bren & Des Griffiths

Beacon Postcard c.1907

Postcard circa 1907
An important landmark in the area is the Sedgley Beacon Tower. The Tower, which dominates the district, stands on the highest point of Beacon Hill and gives a fine view of the surrounding countryside. The present tower was rebuilt in 1846 by Lord Wrottesley for astronomical purposes in which he took an interest. There is a suggestion of a tower being there before.

Beacon Hill is 777 feet (236.83 M) above sea level and is reputed to be the highest point of land between Sedgley and the Ural Mountains in Russia, 2400 miles (approx. 3900 kilometres) to the East. (hence the bloody cold easterly winds in winter!!!)

To the west is the mainly rural county of Shropshire (Salop), while to the east is the Industrial area of the South Staffordshire Black Country.

Information and photographs very kindley supplied by Faye LLOYD of Palmerston North in New Zealand.

"Photos of the Sedgley Beacon bonfire built by the Sedgely Scouts in around 1935, of which my Father in law John LLOYD was a member (possibly in celebration of the Silver Jubilee of George V)

I should also mention the photographer of both photos was Frederick Harold COOPER of Bilston - who at the time was John's future Father in law! (not that he knew it then!)


Sedgley Local History Society's Beacon Tower page

Photos of the Beacon (BBC Website)

Beacon Tower uncovered (BBC Website)

Beacon Tower's Lament (BBC Website)

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