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Solomon's Temple

OS Grid ref:- SK050725

Solomon's TempleSolomon's Temple, which is also known as Grinlow Tower, is a Victorian Folly at Buxton Country Park, near the spa town of Buxton in the Peak District National Park.

The 20 foot high tower was built by local farmer and landowner Solomon Mycock in the 1890s, to provide work for the unemployed, with assistance of the seventh Duke of Devonshire. It was restored in 1998 by public subscription.

The tower, which replaced an earlier structure on the site, is built on top of a Bronze Age barrow, sitting on top of a ridge at a height of 440 metres (1,440 ft) above sea level. During the tower's construction an archaeological dig here revealled several Bronze Age skeletons from the 'Beaker' period, along with later Roman items.

From the vieing platform at open top of the tower there are superb views over the town and the surrounding countryside and parts of the Peak District. In fine weather it is possible to see for around 24 km (15 miles).

A woodland path leads from the car park at Buxton Country Park to the summit of Grin Low. Nearby Poole's Cavern or Poole's Hole as it is sometimes known, is a 2 million year old, natural limestone cave which is open to the public.


Take the A53, Leek road out of Buxton. About 400 yards after the turning on the right to Macclesfield, take the left turn signposted Harpur Hill. Then turn left into the Grin Low car park. From the car park the route to Solomon's temple is marked.

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