My Dad, my niece and I climbed up to the Penshaw Monument in August 2012. The monument was designed and built by a Doric style in 1844 on Penshaw Hill by John and Benjamin Green and Thomas Pratt.The landmark was renovated in the 1970s and today is owned by National Trust. It's free or charge to climb up to the monument and enjoy the views down...more
You can see for miles from the top of the hill, though in truth there's not a lot that's interesting to see unless you're a local. You can (with good binoculars) see my mam's house from here - and I could see the monument from my bedroom window!This view is looking across the northern part of Sunderland and out to sea. Of you turn anticlockwise,...more
Penshaw Monument is built on the hill around which the famous Lambton Worm used to wrap itself. The monument is not connected to this legend though, but is still built in honour to one of the Lambton family.It was built in 1844 in honour of John George Lambton, who was First Earl Of Durham, Governor General Of Canada, an MP and a prominent local...more
Many many years ago, around the time of the Crusades, a young John Lambton, son of a local Lord, was fishing in the River Wear when he should really have been at church.He had no luck with his fishing though, and caught only a very strange looking "worm". He took it home with him, but on the way threw it down the well on the road to Lambton Hall -...more
There is a famous "geordie" folk song about The Lambton Worm. I say "geordie" cos it's really from Durham and not Newcastle. Here's the words, it's written in our local dialect so...One Sunday morn young Lambtonwent a-fishin' in the Wear;An' catched a fish upon his huek,He thowt leuk't varry queer,But whatt'n a kind a fish it wasYoung Lambton...more
According to VT Cox Green is 0.0km from Penshaw. It's a bit further than that I'd say, about 3, certainly it's that far by road.
Anyway... Cox Green is a nice place to spend an afternoon by the river on a sunny day. There are riverside & woodland footpaths on both sides of the river and on the far side from Cox Green is a cycle way that is part of the national Coast To Coast (C2C) route.
There's a pub here too, that is open only in the evenings except at weekends when it opens a few hours in the afternoon too. It's not surprising, as Cox Green is at the end of a dead-end road in the middle of nowhere, and has a population of about 20, so I guess business isn't booming for this pub!
There's only one thing at Penshaw (near and within the boundaries of the City of Sunderland) and that's Penshaw Monument. The monument itself was erected in 1844, designed by John and Benjamin Green and modelled on the Theseum at Athens. It is dedicated to John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham and the first Governor of Canada. Penshaw Hill, on which the monument is built, is associated with the local legend and song about the Lambton Worm - see:
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The agricultural Durham County Show is held near Penshaw Monument, this as of Summer 2002.