Earl of Durham's Monument


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Earl of Durham's Monument, Hill Lane, Penshaw


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Statutory Address:
Earl of Durham's Monument, Hill Lane, Penshaw

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Sunderland (Metropolitan Authority)
National Grid Reference:
NZ 33400 54386


This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 29/06/2020

NZ35SW 4/47

HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING Penshaw HILL LANE Earl of Durham's Monument

(Formerly listed as Penshaw Monument)


G.V. I

Monument, in form of Greek temple, in memory of John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham (1792-1840), Governor-General of Canada and Grand Master of the Order of Freemasons. Erected 1844, by private subscription, to design of John and Benjamin Green of Newcastle; builder Thomas Pratt of Sunderland.

Ashlar, 4 x 7 columns. Doric order on stylobate. End pediments, no roof. An important manifestation of the Greek revival in the region, and a prominent landmark, visible for many miles around.

Historical note: contemporary accounts describe it as being based on the Temple of Theseus but twice the size; the Theseion at Athens is 6 columns by 13, and while the measurements of its columns are double the monument appears proportionately taller.

Listing NGR: NZ3340054386


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 28 Sep 2005
Reference: IOE01/14159/31
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