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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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  • located on the highest point of penshaw, it is unmissable for its design and can be seen miles away. climbing the hill to reach it is the fun part... there is a steep man-made stairway of gravel and s...  more »
  • We enjoyed a steep climb to visit the monument and take in the extensive views from the top of the hill. Well worth the short, but steep, climb!  more »
  • You can see this monument from afar but it's worth a visit up close too. Free to visit and only a charge to climb the steps upside a column to the very top of it. I was happy to just take it all in as...  more »
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  • Well worth the climb up and the visit round the very top for the views. Lovely walk through the woods as well..
  • Amazing monument and it's open all year round. It's a bit of a hike to the top and the hill is quite steep in places so wear decent walking footwear. The rooftop is opened up by the National trust from Good Friday to the end of September and you climb up the hidden spiral staircase to the top of the monument. the views are fantastic. It was built in honour of John George Lambton, the first Earl of Durham and the first stone was laid in 1844.
  • Nice place to walk. Historical. A bit high but worth it.
  • Magnificent views as far as Durham, but, watch out for dog dirt not picked up.
  • Great views from top, after a brief walk from herrington country park