Building In Sunderland, Tyne And Wear
A memorial in the style of an ancient Greek temple on Penshaw Hill owned by the National Trust.
Penshaw Monument is a memorial in the style of an ancient Greek temple on Penshaw Hill in the City of Sunderland. It is Grade I listed and recently featured on George Clark's National Trust Unlocked on Channel 4.
The monument was built between 1844 and 1845 to commemorate John Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham (1792-1840), Governor-General of British North America and author of the Durham Report on the future governance of the American territories.
You can book in advance through the National Trust website to climb the monument via a narrow staircase and enjoy views over Sunderland and the wider area.
In legend, a local man called John Lambton caught a strange fish, threw it in a well and the worm grew enormous, big enough to wrap itself around Penshaw Hill ten times!!
And here are a few shots Penshaw Monument lit up blue for carer's week. (Thanks to Phil Page for these).
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Head out of Herrington Country Park and cross the A183. Head up a short incline towards the National Trust signs. The monument is in front of you at the top of a steep climb.
Contributed by Andrew Gardner
I love being outdoors, in nature, and experiencing the relaxation it brings. Wandering through the northern countryside seeing unexpected buildings, historic places and occasionally surprised wildlife is one of life's great pleasures.
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