Herrington Country Park ~ March 2018 ~ Part 2


Part 1 Here

We left the lake behind and went off to walk around the park. It had been raining quite a lot in previous days so the ground was a bit soggy, but the paths not too bad.  There are seating bits all around the park which are decorated with scenes supposedly celebrating the heritage of the area. The first, I presume, is to do with Sunderlands ship-building industry. They made some great paper boats. 😉

Sailing ship seat

This next one I’m not too sure about, sunbathing I think is not part of Sunderlands cultural heritage, nor indeed is any sunshine much at all, but I guess it’s good to dream..

Sunbathing seat
Flipflops and lovely lichen

The other seat we came across also doesn’t really have anything to do with cultural heritage, though it’s closer in weather conditions,

Snowman seat

Plenty of dog-walkers about of course, and this little Chappy at the back here jumped up at Sophies legs, the bottom of her new red trousers nicely splotted with muddy paw prints, she isn’t keen on dogs on the whole. 🙂

the three mudkateers

The old colliery had miners cottages for the workers, some of which are still lived in today

Miners Homes

The park is just opposite the Penshaw Monument, and as I took a few photo’s of it I’ll fill you in on the history…

it is a folly built in 1844 on Penshaw Hill between the districts of Washington and Houghton-le-Spring, and is dedicated to John George Lambton (1792–1840), 1st Earl of Durham and the first Governor of the Province of Canada and affectionately known as Radical Jack. It was built as a memorial to the Earl’s work on the Durham report which was commissioned by Lord Melbourne in 1838 to seek direction on how best the British Empire should manage its colonies around the globe. The report recommended nearly complete self governance for advanced colonies and became one of the most important documents in the whole of the British Empire, formulating a new relationship between London and the colonies.

Penshaw Monument

Turning around from that view, we could see what looked like a standing stone circle, being held up by some kind of robots,

The standing stones

so we made our way up to it.

Standing stones and metal Mickys.

The robots seemed to be viewing places, if you stand and look through the rectangular spaces at the top of them you get a kind of photographic view.

Penshaw Monument through metal Micky’s eyes.

I think I’d have preferred the metal things not to be there, they looked ugly and out of place to me. And really you don’t need to have the views pointed out for you, the stones are on the top of a hill so views all around were good.

Penshaw Monument and the amphitheatre

In summer they have concerts and things going on in the amphitheatre. If they get a summer I suppose.

All the photo’s click through to bigger versions so you can get the full view if you are so inclined.

Stay tooned for the next instalment, when we visit the next weird sculpture thing.





Day 351~366

Popped up to Penshaw’s Monument this evening, as I’d read they have a new cost efficient LED lighting system for it.  It used to be lit up with static yellow lamps, but now the colours move around the monument, tried to get them all in but even on a long exposure I missed getting the green in!


Day 323~366

Today was a beautiful blue sky day, though very cold, and on my way back from Sunderland up the A19 I glimpsed Penshaw’s monument and thought that would look pretty cool in the ball, so took a diversion down the A183 and voila! Here it is.  Was pleased no-one else was up there as it’s a popular place for people of youthfulness who don’t have heart attacks going up that hill, which I probably would. Have been up there a few years ago and it damned near killed me then!


I’ve posted some more film shots up on the Fragglefilm blog, this time of the beaches I go to still and show on here regularly, but back in 1995 when I lived down south and didn’t know I would eventually come to be a resident ‘oop North’.  Anyway there’s a link HERE to see them.  While I’ve been scanning and uploading them and doing the post it has been re-inforcing my thoughts on project/projects for next year.  It’s nearly the end of my 366, and I  have been and am enjoying it immensely, but don’t want to do the same thing again.  I have used my FujiX-T1 for every shot this year, and next year I want to play with my other forms of taking pictures, and want to do more film photographs, both medium format and polaroids.  I also want to make more use of the iPhone, which has some great little apps, and really want to get to grips with black & white, it’s been one of my favourite months of this year’s project. So that’s the way my mind is thinking, though I don’t know yet how I’ll organise it. One thing I have organised though is a separate blog for the black and white, I need to keep it separate from my usual stuff so it’s easy to see how I’m progressing without the distraction of colours, and this blog will go back to how was before, with fraggle reports and history stuff.  I’ve done one post already to try and figure out the new place, which you can see HERE, and it’s already up there in the top menu. So something different for me to look forward to for next year. 🙂