The Doric column is 83 feet (25 m) tall and topped by the Percy Lion, symbol of the historic Percy family. It was designed by the Newcastle architect David Stephenson and erected as thanks to the second Duke of Northumberland, by tenants of the Duke in 1816, following a reduction by the Duke in their rents. This is some 24 years before Nelson's Column was erected.
- The wandering knight of Dunstanborough castle, and miscellaneous poems (1822), by James Service, p.136
- Local Records volume II (1866) by John Sykes, p.101
- Percy Tenantry Column at the Public Monument and Sculpture Association National Recording Project