List number: 1025212
List grade: 2*
Tyne & Wear HER: 8027
Grid ref: NZ3707161738

Cleadon House

A large house on Front Street in Cleadon, built c1738 for local South Shields glass manufacturer John Dagnia.[1]  After John Dagnia's death in 1743, the house passed onto his son James, who then sold it to John Cookson. Later in 1813 it was occupied by the Abbs family. Charles Dickens is thought to have stayed in Cleadon House as a guest of his friend George Cooper Abbs in the late 1850's, whilst working on his novel Great Expectations[2]. The building is Grade 2* Listed.

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000615:Cleadon House Front Street Cleadon South Tyneside around 1900.

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Tyne and Wear HER(8027): Cleadon, Front Street, Cleadon House
- "House. Supposedly 1738 (rainwater heads) for John Dagnia of South Shields, glass manufacturer. Brick with stone dressings..."

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from http://www.shieldsgazette.c...
- South Shields Gazette. Tuesday 09 July 2002. "Cleadon House, an 18th century mansion house in Front Street, Cleadon Village, is one of nine new additions to English Heritage's fifth ...

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Charles Dickens and the North East
- Overview About Charles Dickens Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of the greatest novelists of the Victorian era and his works remain widely read. As a writer, performer, and social critic ...
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Historian claims S, Tyne link to Dickens classic
- Monday 23 January 2012. "COULD Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations have been inspired by a South Tyneside tale of heartbreak?...It is thought the spinster’s tragic tale was inspired ...

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James Dagnia (1708/9-1755)

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Blue plaque installed at home of industrialist in latest round of honours
- Shields Gazette, 21 February 2019. "A commemorative blue plaque has been unveiled to honour one of our area’s greats as part of a new recognition scheme. The plaque pays ...

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