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Description: Percy Tenantry Column
Date Listed: 20 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 235848
OS Grid Reference: NU1914613037
OS Grid Coordinates: 419146, 613037
Latitude/Longitude: 55.4109, -1.6991
Percy Tenantry Column
(formerly listed under
NU 1913 7/28 20.2.52.
'The Farmers' Folly' begun 1816 to designs by David Stephenson of Newcastle. Completed
by the 3rd Duke.
Greek Doric column of 83 ft with shallow fluting and foliate cap to balcony platform
supporting a drum on which is the Percy lion passant (facing south). The column
stands on a square pedestal guarded by 4 lions facing inwards on black marble plinths.
The whole stands on a circular granite platform 90 ft in circumference. Panels
on 3 sides of pedestal, stair entrance on 4th (to north). Set back with "Esperance
en dieu" on each side. West panel inscribed "To Hugh Duke of Northunberland KG
this column is erected, dedicated and inscribed by a grateful and united tenantry
Anno Domini MDCCCXVI". [The Duke had greatly increased his farmers' rents and
then reduced them following the agricultural depression after Waterloo]. Formerly
surrounded by railings.
Listing NGR: NU1915213030
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Source: English Heritage
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