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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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  • Dropped in here on way home as never been to it before. Was a very steep hike to the top up some very precarious, uneven steps. Im not unfit but thought my chest was going to explode by time got to to...  read more »
  • It is a suspicious view from the Asomething from/to Newcastle and I took the detour. It was well worth the couple of miles AS it is an interesting structure. It's a nice short walk and rewards you wit...  read more »
  • Was staying at a hotel close by and, being intrigued by its presence on the skyline from the motorway, went to investigate. Worth a trip if the weather is good as views are quite spectacular. Also goo...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Great views across the valley. Need to wait to go to the top of the monument
  • Penshaw monument is a brilliant view of sunderland and the walk up there can be a killer but well worth it in the end to see the views
  • Good views from the top. £5 to go up, free to National Trust members.
  • Walked up with my amazing little family, views were stunning, will be back regularly.
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