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Earl of Durham's Monument, Houghton le Spring

Description: Earl of Durham's Monument

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 April 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 303203

OS Grid Reference: NZ3340054386
OS Grid Coordinates: 433400, 554386
Latitude/Longitude: 54.8831, -1.4809

Location: Chester Road, Houghton le Spring DH4 7LB

Locality: Houghton le Spring
County: Sunderland
Country: England
Postcode: DH4 7LB

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Listing Text

4/47 Penshaw.

26.4.50 Earl of Durham's Monument
(formerly listed as
G.V. Penshaw Monument)

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. Fluted 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

Listing NGR: NZ3340054386

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Source: English Heritage

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