Wainman's Pinnacle - Yorkshire


St Austell, United Kingdom

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Wainman’s Pinnacle

Above the village of Cowling near Skipton in West Yorkshire a north facing edge of grit stone boulders known as Earl Crag over looks the panoramic view of the Airedale valley.
The area is known by several names,the Earl Crag Monuments, the Sutton Crag Pinnacles or as the locals call it Cowling Pinnacle
There are two monuments located here,one is a pinnacle the other is a less imposing Prospect Tower.
This pinnacle is known as Wainman’s Pinnacle but the origins are obscure and there are several variations of opinion as to why it was built.
One theory is that it was erected by Lady Amcotts, who was a young wife of one of the Wainman family, who were the owners of Carr Head Hall, Cowling, in memory of her husband who fell for the royalist cause during the Civil Wars.
Another theory is that it was erected in 1815 to commemorate Wellington’s victory at Waterloo.Another variation is that it was used for a beacon to warn the local inhabitants of marauding Scots although this is considered to be unlikely.
The pinnacle itself stands at 30 feet high on the crags which are 1175 feet above sea level.
To the left of the image the dark hill in the distance is Pendle Hill well known in times gone by as an area of witches.Twelve who lived in the area around Pendle Hill were accused and were charged with the murders of ten people by the use of witchcraft.
To the right of the image and just out of view is the famous Yorkshire market town of Skipton

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