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Penshaw Monument (1844)
Architects: John and Benjamin Green
Location: Hill Lane, Penshaw, Houghton le Spring. Materials: Sandstone. Status: Listed Grade II.
Bestriding the summit of Penshaw Hill is the monument, in the form of a Greek temple, to John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham (1792 - 1840). Governor - General of Canada, Grand Master of the Order of Freemasons, Member of Parliament, one time Lord Privy Seal, landowner and coal owner. Erected in 1844 by private subscription, its design by the Greens of Newcastle was executed by Thomas Pratt of Sunderland. The monument comprises Greek Doric columns (4 by 7) with entabulatures and end pediments but no roof. The columns stand upon a solid stone platform. There is no inscription on the monument.
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