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Bessie Surtees House

Preserved Jacobean buildings on the Quayside

The house is actually two 16th and 17th century houses which once belonged to merchants who lived on the Quayside close to where the Swing Bridge is now sited. The buildings are essentially unfurnished, but many original architectural features remain. One of the houses is a rare and unusual example of Jacobean domestic architecture. Bessie Surtees, a well known local figure in 17th century Newcastle, apparently eloped through a window to marry John Scott, a young man of whom Bessie's father disapproved, but who later became Lord Eldon, a prominent local landowner whose name is remembered in the Eldon Square Shopping Centre. English Heritage currently use part of the property as offices.

Admission: free.

Address: 41-44 Sandhill Quayside Newcastle-upon-Tyne Tyne and Wear NE1 3JF

Opening hours: 10am-4pm Mon-Fri (excluding Bank Holidays)
Telephone: +44 191 269 1200
Neighbourhood: Quayside
Nearest train: Central Station


September 10, 2006

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