VANDALS were thought to have daubed white paint on this Victorian tower.

The picture, from the Lancashire Telegraph's archives, was taken in the 1970s, and shows Blacko Tower in the village of Blacko painted in white at its top and bottom.

It is thought to have been the work of vandals.

Overlooking the village, the tower which is also known as Stansfield Tower, was built around 1890.

A local grocer, Jonathan Stansfield, built the circular rough stone tower to provide himself with a view over Ribblesdale from the top, but the height fell somewhat short.

A Bronze Age axe, believed to be 3,500 years old, was found near the tower in 1952.

Blacko itself has won the small village category of the Lancashire Best Kept Village competition in 2002 and 2007, and the champion village category in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016.