History in the countryside – 6 heritage sites set amid the North-East landscape; Peter Barron; From Darlington and Stockton Times

UK – Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey

The way history combines with beautiful rural settings is one of the great attractions of the North-East. Former editor of The Northern Echo, Peter Barron, selects his top six heritage sites in the countryside.

1. Penshaw Monument

Otherwise known as The Earl of Durham’s monument, this landmark folly is 70 feet high and offers stunning views across the countryside, as far afield as Durham Cathedral and the North Pennines.

It was built in 1844 in memory of the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton, and is the setting for the famous North-East legend of The Lambton Worm.

Generations of children have been told the tale of the worm, which was caught during a fishing trip, but went on to become a monster which ate cattle, sheep and even children before being slain.


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