Percy Tenantry Column

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SOUTH ROAD 1. 5330 (North-East Side) Percy Tenantry Column (formerly listed under Bondgate Without) NU 1913 7/28 20.2.52. I 2. '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.

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