Jesmond Dene House
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Jesmond Dene House shown within Tyne and Wear
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The house was built in 1822 to designs by architect John Dobson at Jesmond Dene for Thomas Emerson Headlam, a physician and Mayor of Newcastle in 1837 and 1845. Contrary to popular belief this is not the Jesmond Dean (sic) house that was the Newcastle home of Lord Armstrong, a wealthy industrialist. That nearby house has been demolished, though its separate Banqueting Hall survives. Armstrong did landscape and develop the adjacent Jesmond Dene valley into a woodland park and garden before moving to live at Cragside.
In 1851, Dobson made substantial changes to the house for its new owner, William Cruddas.
In 1871 the current Jesmond Dene House was bought by Armstrong's business partner Andrew Noble. At this time Noble had architect Norman Shaw make significant alterations to the house. In 1897, Noble carried out further extensive alterations and extensions to the house, with the assistance of architect Frank West Rich, including a new west wing, a great hall and a Gothic-style porch.
Following the death of Noble's widow in 1929 the house was put to various uses, including a college, a civil defence establishment, a seminary and a residential school, before becoming a hotel following its restoration and refurbishment in 2005. As of September 2005 Jesmond Dene House is a 40-bedroom boutique hotel with a three-rosette restaurant.
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