Collingwood Monument

Collingwood Monument, Tynemouth

Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood (26 September 1748 – 7 March 1810) was an admiral of the Royal Navy, notable as a partner with Lord Nelson in several of the British victories of the Napoleonic Wars, and frequently as Nelson’s successor in commands.

A large monument in his honour overlooks the River Tyne at Tynemouth. His Grade II listed statue was sculpted by John Graham Lough and stands atop a pedestal designed by John Dobson. The four cannon on the walls flanking the steps at its base came from his flagship, Royal Sovereign.

TYNEMOUTH PIER ROAD (west side, off) NZ 3769 SW Tynemouth 10/108 24.10.50 Collingwood Monument and guns. G.V. II* Monument, 1845; guns added 1848. Base and plinth by Dobson; statue by Lough. Sandstone ashlar and marble. High wide base, with slit openings in returns and door in rear. Stepped side walls to wide flight of steps. Base and high pedestal for colossal figure of Admiral Collingwood in draped cloak. Plaque on south side of base commemorates his success at Trafalgar under Nelson and the erection by public subscription of this memorial. 4 guns on walls flanking steps came from his ship, the Royal Sovereign. Historical note: Collingwood was born in Newcastle and members of his family lived at Chirton, North Shields. The statue was sited to be seen from the sea and the river.