Bessie Surtees House

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Bessie Surtees House
Newcastle upon Tyne, Bessie Surtee's house.jpg
Bessie Surtees House (Sandhill)
Bessie Surtees House is located in Tyne and Wear
Bessie Surtees House
Bessie Surtees House
Bessie Surtees House shown within Tyne and Wear
OS grid reference NZ249637
Coordinates 54°58′01″N 1°36′43″W / 54.967°N 1.612°W / 54.967; -1.612Coordinates: 54°58′01″N 1°36′43″W / 54.967°N 1.612°W / 54.967; -1.612
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Tyne and Wear

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.[1] 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.[2]

The house is best known as the scene of the elopement of Bessie Surtees and John Scott, who later became Lord Chancellor.[3] 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.[4]

In July 2009 it was targeted by graffiti vandals who extensively spray-painted the roof with the tags "LG", "GRIM" and "KAME".[5]


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