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Penshaw Monument

Built as a Memorial on Penshaw Hill
An ancient Greek temple was the design
In 1845 to commemorate
John Lambton , Earl of Durham and that was fine
It’s foundation Stone was laid by Thomas Dundas
“nd Earl of Zetland was he
And tens of thousands turned up
To the opening Ceremony
The building has eighteen columns
With no roof or inner sanctum shown
Just a circular staircase up one of the columns
To a viewing Parapet of it’s own
The staircase was closed in 1925
When a lad climbed and fell from the top
And after that permission to climb
Came to a permanent stop
It became of interest to visitors
As it’s Historical value was seen
And it 1939 became part of National Trust
A north of England view of Value pristine

Dennis Shrubshall 22nd November 2023
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