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  • Penshaw Monument, Penshaw, near Sunderland
    Penshaw Monument, Penshaw, near...
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  • Penshaw Monument, near Sunderland
    Penshaw Monument, near Sunderland
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  • Walking up to Penshaw Monument
    Walking up to Penshaw Monument
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  • Penshaw Monument

    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...

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    The monument consists of 18 very solid Doric columns, capped by end pediments and left unroofed.The monument is clearly visible for miles around and is probably the most famous landmark in this corner of Durham.

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    The monument was designed by John and Benjamin Green of Newcastle and built in 1844 by Thomas Pratt of Sunderland. It's designed to resemble the Theseum at Athens, and strangely it has no plaque or inscription on it saying in who's honour it was built!

  • Great Views

    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,...

  • Penshaw Monument

    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...

  • Penshaw Hill & The Lambton Worm

    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 -...


Penshaw Local Customs

  • Cews

    The people from hereabouts have a different sort of accent to what you'd find on Tyneside just a few miles away. There for "cow" they'd say "coo" but here they say "cew". There's a herd of cews grazing the hill around Penshaw Monument, so watch where you put your feet!

  • The Ballad Of The Lambton Worm

    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...

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    by steventilly Updated Sep 24, 2003

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    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!

    Cox Green

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    by Beefy_SAFC Updated Sep 11, 2002

    Favorite thing: 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.

    Penshaw Monument, Sunderland

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