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When we see this, we know we are home.

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Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument can be seen from just about any direction as you travel through the North-East of England, particularly 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 home.

However, this is not Greece and this is no ordinary temple. The monument was built in 1844 in honour of John George Lambton, the first Earl of Durham.

The Monument stands 136 metres above sea level. It was designed to be a copy of the Theseion, the Temple of Hephaestus, in Athens. It has also been linked with the Temple of Diana at Ephesus. It is built twice the size of the original. It was designed by Newcastle architects, John and Benjamin Green and built by Thomas Pratt of Sunderland. 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. The foundation stone was laid by the Marquess of Zetland on 28th August 1844, four years after the death of the Earl.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 42mm lens, 1/180 second, f6.7, iso 200



Written by curly

January 18, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. How wonderful. No doubt built at the height of the era of the “Grand Tour” when English gentleman roamed ancient and classical sites. I love the Victorian obsession that brought such unlikely reminders to Britain of European classicism. I also like the Italian and French influence on garden design from that era too.


    January 19, 2008 at 5:13 am

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