This is Penshaw Monument and is located in County Durham. It is a rather formidable structure, built overlooking an area which, in times past was heavily involved with the mining industry. The monument, as wonderful as it is was build to commemorate one man, when thousands in his local community were living hand to mouth in brutal and poverty stricken conditions.
This hit my #50Before50 list because it was built in 1844 and the construction of it would have been witnessed by my husband’s mining ancestors, the Redhead and Dinsdale families from Houghton Le Spring.
The walk to the top is a steep one and well worth it. The view is lovely and it looks truly lovely at night, when it is lit up. You can read some of the history HERE.