Bessie Surtees' House


Bessie Surtees' House"These two five-storey 16th and 17th century merchants' houses are fine examples of Jacobean domestic architecture, with some splendid period interiors. The Surtees house is best known as the scene of the elopement of Bessie with John Scott, later Lord Chancellor of England. An exhibition illustrating the history of the houses is on the first floor." (English Heritage, 2014)

The 2 buildings are located on Sandhill, by the Newcastle Quayside. Originally numbers 41 and 44 Sandhill, they were known respectively as Surtees House and Milbank House. They were united into a single property by John Clayton, who owned Surtees House from 1880 and later bought Milbank House. In the 1930s Bessie Surtees House was bought and restored by Lord Gort, whose wife was descended from the Eldons. In 1978 Newcastle City Council bought the property from the Gort estate and in 1989 leased it to English Heritage (now Historic England) for use as their regional office. Some of the rooms are open to the public.

Bessie Surtees House is the name of two merchants' houses on Newcastle's Sandhill, near to the river, that were built in the 16th and 17th centuries. The buildings are a fine and rare example of Jacobean domestic architecture. An exhibition detailing the history of the buildings can be found on the first floor. The site is also home to the North East regional branch of English Heritage and Historic England. It is a Grade I listed building.

The house is best known as the scene of the elopement of Bessie Surtees and John Scott, who later became Lord Chancellor. It was restored in 1930 by SR Vereker, later Lord Gort, who employed an engineer to install 17th-century fixtures taken from properties about to be demolished. Newcastle City Council purchased the house in 1978. They leased it to English Heritage in 1989.

In July 2009 it was targeted by graffiti vandals who extensively spray-painted the roof with the tags "LG", "GRIM" and "KAME".

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Bessie Surtees House - English Heritage
- "The two buildings now known as Bessie Surtees House stand on a stretch of Newcastle riverfront that has been used as a quayside since Roman times, when the first bridge ...

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- Plaque reads: "From the above window on Nov 18th 1772 Bessy Surtees descended and eloped with John Scott later created 1st Earl of Eldon and Lord Chancellor of England." Photo ...

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Tyne and Wear HER(5457): Newcastle, Sandhill, Nos. 41 and 44, Bessie Surtees House
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John Clayton (1792 -1890)
- Overview About John Clayton John Clayton is best known for his role as Town Clerk of Newcastle during the 19th century. Clayton was born on 10th June 1792 and went ...
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BESSIE SURTEES HOUSE AND MILBANK HOUSE - List Entry
- "2 houses, later shops, now united. C16 and C17; left house refronted c.1721; c.1931 alterations for Lord Gort. Timber: framed with painted render; left house bright red brick ...

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  • Gargett Gargett on April 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

    John Clayton was the name of my Great Grandfather. I wonder if it is the same person. Nice rustic house. It's like a time capsule.

  • Simon Cotterill on April 26, 2017, 8:34 p.m.

    Maybe he is the same John Clayton! - worth doing some family research...

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