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Penshaw Monument, Sunderland

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Penshaw Monument, Sunderland

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Penshaw Monument, Sunderland

If you happen to be travelling through Wearside, in the vicinity of the Herrington Country Park, you might be brought up short by the sight of what appears to be a Greek temple sitting on top of a hill. No, you aren’t seeing things. There really is a Greek temple, or at least an edifice based on the ancient Temple of Hephaestus (god of fire) in Athens.

Wearside’s temple is a monument to John George Lambton (1792-1840), first Earl of Durham and a Governor-General of Canada. Built by public subscription on Penshaw Hill in 1844, it is 70 feet high, with columns that are six feet six in diameter.

The peak of the hill commands views over Wearside, Tyneside and County Durham. It was once possible to climb up to the top of the monument itself, but following an accident at Easter 1926, in which a boy fell to his death from it, access has been restricted to the interior.

Photo: Miss J Shrimpling


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Penshaw Monument is a scaled down copy of a Greek Temple. It can be seen from miles around and is a welcome sight for anyone who has been away from Sunderland. When you see Penshaw Monument you know you are home.

M A Graham

No matter where you have been in the world, when you see Penshaw Monument, you know you are home at last
Catherine Meddes

It was a great place to go at Easter to roll your paste eggs down the hill to crack them and then eat them.
Catherine Meddes

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