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Penshaw Monument

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View from Cleadon Hills

This is the view from Cleadon Hills, South Shields at dusk – the sun descending over Penshaw Monument 7.5 miles distant south-west from this position.

The Monument stands 136 metres above sea level. Built as a half-sized replica of the renowned Temple of Hephaestus in Athens, the monument dominates the local landscape. Penshaw Monument was designed by John and Benjamin Green and built by Thomas Pratt of Sunderland, based on the Doric order. The Monument is the best preserved model of a Doric Hexastyle temple in Britain. The Marquess of Londonderry presented Penshaw Hill as a suitable site.

It is 100 feet (30 metres) long, 53 feet (16 metres) wide and 70 feet (20 metres) high. The columns are each 6 feet and 6 inches (2 metres) in diameter.

This shot was taken at 2.45 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 150mm lens, 1/180 second, f9.5, iso 200



Written by curly

December 20, 2007 at 12:21 am

8 Responses

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  1. What a beautiful, painterly image. It really is in the tradition of English landscape painting. You haven’t been running about studying Constable, have you?


    December 20, 2007 at 2:44 am

  2. Curly…that is perfect, Top Marks ……..


    December 20, 2007 at 7:41 am

  3. That’s a great photo Curly – I love the rays of the sun particularly.


    December 20, 2007 at 8:33 pm

  4. Oh wow! That is just a magnificent shot. Very well done Curly.

    Ann (Mobay DP)

    December 22, 2007 at 6:38 pm

  5. Wow! The lighting and shadows on the landscape is gorgeous! Curly, wishing you and your family happy holidays and best wishes for the holiday season.


    December 22, 2007 at 7:30 pm

  6. The views from Cleadon Hills are spectacular, it’s well worth a walk up there. Good views across to Newcastle, Sunderland and out to see

    S Wilson

    January 4, 2008 at 10:28 pm

  7. I meant out to sea!

    S Wilson

    January 4, 2008 at 10:29 pm

  8. […] on the A1, A19, or the East Coast main rail line, it is clearly visible from South Shields, as this picture shows. When we see the monument, we know we are almost […]

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