Sandhill


Sandhill, newcastleSandhill is a street in Newcastle near the riverfront that has been used as a quayside since Roman times. The street was named Sandhill because it literally used to be a hill of sand when the tide was out. The land was gradually reclaimed by dumping of rubbish there from 12th century to 15th century. There was a thriving market at Sandhill. By the 16th century many prominent merchants owned property on Sandhill. However, in the late 18th century the suburbs became more fashionable for the richer merchants, and the area entered a period of slow decline - until the regeneration of the Quayside area in modern times. There are many historic buildings on Sandhill, including Bessie Surtees' House and the Guildhall - both Grade 1 listed buildings. Sandhill joins The Close and The Side. Castle steps link Sandhill to Castle Garth.

See also: Sandhill in 1649

Account of the Side by Mackenzie (1827):

The Sandhill is situated at the east side of the entrance upon the Tyne Bridge. It derives its name from having been, at low water, before the river was embanked in by the Quay, a hill of naked sand, where the inhabitants used to assemble for recreation. In Speed's plan of Newcastle, the Maison-Dieu is the only public place or building marked on the Sandhill, through which Lork-burn is represented as passing on the east side. There is a tradition that the town's waits, or musicians, stood and played on a small bridge thrown over the Lork-burn, opposite to the house called afterwards Katy's Coffee-house, while Oliver Cromwell was entertained at dinner, either on his way to, or on his return from Scotland. This burn has since been arched over; and the Sandhill is now a spacious, well-paved area, where the great market of the town was long kept.

The Sandhill is nearly of a triangular form. The base, or south side, consists of the new Fish Market and Merchants' Court, the Guildhall, the Exchange, and St. Thomas' chapel. Between the chapel and the Exchange was a water-gate, which was pulled down after the adjoining building had been damaged by fire in 1791; and there is now erected, opposite the west end of the Exchange, a lofty pile of buildings, eight stories high, which is used for the purpose of depositing goods that are landed at the adjoining wharf. The east and north sides of the Sandhill are enclosed by lofty and commodious buildings, many of which contain very large and magnificent rooms, that indicate the grandeur of the ancient merchants of Newcastle. Most of the shops, until lately, retained their old form, being quite open in front, and without glass windows. But they are now all modernized; and the heavy projections and balconies above being pulled down, the whole range has assumed a light, airy, and elegant appearance. The old houses, however, still exhibit some curious peculiarities; and as they were built before any window-tax was contemplated, the entire front of the dwelling-rooms is occupied by windows. Many of these houses have been converted into offices; and behind some of them are lofts, granaries, and cellars, where great quantities of corn and merchandize are kept.

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Bessie Surtees' House
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River Tyne
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The former Fish Market, Sandhill, NE1 - entrance

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