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'Pensher' Monument

Written by Paul Lanagan, Chairman of Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society
( Published by the Houghton Star )

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'Pensher' Monument

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The Earl of Durham Monument on Penshaw Hill
[ Thanks to Sarah Stoner ]

'Pensher' Monument

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The Earl of Durham Monument on Penshaw Hill

Children enjoying the wonderful views on a visit to Penshaw Monument.

'Pensher' Monument

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The Earl of Durham Monument on Penshaw Hill

Botanist Dr David Bellamy on a visit to Penshaw Monument, 13th April 1987.
[ Thanks to Mark Madden - above David's left elbow. ]

'Pensher' Monument

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The Earl of Durham Monument on Penshaw Hill

Reconstruction / Underpinning of Foundations - circa 1979.
[ Photographer: Ken Brumby.  Thanks to Son, Paul. ]

'Pensher' Monument

The Loft

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The Earl of Durham Monument on Penshaw Hill

Local Historian & Author, Keith Cockerill enjoying the Wonderful Views from The Loft (walkway) - 29/08/11.
[ Thanks Keith. ]

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The Earl of Durham Monument on Penshaw Hill

Information made available by Paul Lanagan
The Monument has a Loft - two Channels - set into the Roof.  The South Channel is accessed via a spiral staircase inside a Column.
The North Channel can only be reached by climbing over one of the triangular Pediments from the South Channel.

'Pensher' Monument

The Placard

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Placard on the long South Side of The Monument
[ Photo: J.G. 9 July 2018 ]

THIS STONE WAS LAID BY
THOMAS, EARL OF ZETLAND
GRAND MASTER OF THE FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF ENGLAND
ASSISTED BY
THE BRETHEREN OF THE PROVENCES OF DURHAM AND NORTHUMBERLAND
ON THE 28TH AUGUST 1844
BEING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF A MEMORIAL TO BE ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN GEORGE EARL OF DURHAM
WHO
AFTER REPRESENTING THE COUNTY OF DURHAM IN PARLIAMENT
FOR FIFTEEN YEARS
WAS RAISED TO THE PEERAGE
AND SUBSEQUENTLY HELD THE OFFICES OF
LORD PRIVY SEAL, AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY AND
MINISTER AT THE COURT OF ST. PETERSBURG AND
GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF CANADA.
HE DIED ON THE 28TH OF JULY 1840 IN THE 49TH YEAR OF HIS AGE
THE MONUMENT WILL BE ERECTED
BY THE PRIVATE SUBSCRIPTIONS OF HIS FELLOW COUNTRYMEN
ADMIRERS OF HIS DISTINGUISHED TALENTS AND
EXEMPLARY PRIVATE VIRTUES.
 
DONATED TO THE NATIONAL TRUST ON 1ST SEPTEMBER 1939

Transcript of The Placard

'Pensher' Monument

THREE AULD CHISELLERS

Graffiti - The Naughty Boys!
Historic Graffiti, 1946:  A small collection from the many names chiselled onto The Earl of Durham Monument.

L to R:  John Scott, Pat Keegan & John Sweeney - returning to the scene.
Three Washington Lads who've moved on, but won't be forgotten!

[ Thanks to John's brother, Pat Sweeney, for contributing this Photo & Poem, and to Leon Morgan for forwarding them to us. ]

PENSHAW
 
And did those Three in ancient time
Walk upon England's pastures green?
And were Keegan, Sweeney and Scott
On Penshaw's little mountain seen?
 
Then Scott did say, "I'll bring my chisel,
And with my little hammer in hand,
I'll carve our names so deep and true,
On Penshaw's Grecian Temple grand."
 
And half a century from now,
A band of weary travellers perchance may pass,
To marvel, lost in reverential awe,
Then downhill returning, to those Ancients, raise a glass.

Poem written by one of the 'Three Naughty Boys'.

The 1946 Graffiti - 2018
NOW:  P. Keegan, Sweeney & Scott, 1946
[ Photo: J.G. 9 July 2018 ]

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PLEASE NOTE: Carving your name onto Public Buildings / Monuments is no longer regarded as a youthful prank.  It's a Criminal Offence!

'Pensher' Monument

THE VIEW TOWARDS WASHINGTON

Then Picture
THE VIEW THEN

Cox Green Station, Road down to River Wear, Washington Chemical Works, Empty Fields & Washington 'F' Pit Heap
[ The River Wear, hidden in the trees, runs horizontally, mid-picture. ]

 

Now Picture
THE VIEW NOW

Use the road leading from the former Cox Green Station, down to Cox Green Village & River Wear, as your marker.
[ Photo: J.G. 7th March 2017 ]

Why 'Pensher' Monument?

This area was called Pensher years ago and the locals still pronounce it that way.

( As a former Usworth Green lad, I lived next to Pensher View! )

Very Old Road Marker
NEW
PENSHER
1867

[ Photographed and contributed by Keith Cockerill, 3rd March 2017 ]

This Roadside Stone stands near the former Cox Green Station.