Penshaw Monument, Houghton-le-Spring

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Penshaw Monument, officially The Earl of Durham's Monument, is a folly built in 1844 on Penshaw Hill between the districts of Washington and Houghton-le-Spring, within the City of Sunderland, North East England. It is dedicated to John Lambton (1792–1840), 1st Earl of Durham and the first Governor of the Province of Canada.LocationThe 136m hill on which the monument stands was presented by Charles Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry. The monument dominates the local landscape as a half-sized replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. It is floodlit at night.ToponymyAlthough often called "Penshaw Monument", the correct title of the structure is The Earl of Durham's Monument.The monument stands on Penshaw Hill, the name of which is derived from a mixture of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon words. Pen is a Brythonic or Cumbric word for hill, as in the name Penrith; shaw is derived from sceaga meaning "wooded area"; and finally the Old/Middle/Modern English word "hill". The name thus means "wooded-hill hill".
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  • August 18, 2017
    There are interesting stories about how and why this monument was built - I hope they are just folklore. What is true is that this is a prominent local feature and that you can see it for miles around...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I drive past this Monument almost Daily on the A19 yet had never been up, so made an evening to do so. But be warned that is literally all there is to do, get up to it, have a look at the landscape th...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    It's an unfinished Monument on a hill! Greek style stonework! It has a staircase to the top, which I've never seen open, although I have found the iron door! Would love to go up! I was told it was clo...  more »
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  • Really good views. 360° panoramic of Tyne and wear. Impressive structure and possible to go up hidden staircase to the top (weekends only £5)
  • It's a nice walk, very big and wide open lots of exits if your up for a walk and nearly everything talks you back to where you started, lovely view but better on a night it's always busy with a park and stuff over the road at the nature bit, great for people with animals but often cows up here too.
  • Stunning views , but expect a bit of steep uphill walking ! Worth a visit even if it does entail coughing up a lung
  • Stunning Greek-inspired folly in Sunderland sitting proudly atop a hill, it dominates the horizon for miles around. The views from the top are incredible and on special days you can climb to the top of the monument for even more spectacular vistas. Decent cafe nearby too.
  • Spectacular wonderful monument with exercise leading to there. National trust. Beautiful architectural and the sights are amazing from the top.

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