Jesmond Dene House

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Coordinates: 54°59′56″N 1°36′14″W / 54.999°N 1.604°W / 54.999; -1.604

Jesmond Dene House
Jesmond Dene House is located in Tyne and Wear
Jesmond Dene House
Jesmond Dene House
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Jesmond Dene House is a 19th-century mansion house at Jesmond Dene, Newcastle upon Tyne, England which is now a hotel. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]

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.[1] 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.[2] Armstrong did landscape and develop the adjacent Jesmond Dene valley into a woodland park and garden[3] before moving to live at Cragside.

In 1871 the current Jesmond Dene House was bought by Armstrong's business partner Andrew Noble. Noble carried out extensive alterations and extensions to the house in 1897, with the assistance of architect Frank West Rich, including a new west wing, a great hall and a Gothic-style porch.[1][4]

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.[4] As of September 2005 Jesmond Dene House is a 40-bedroom boutique hotel with a three-rosette restaurant.


  1. ^ a b c English Heritage: Images of England
  2. ^ Alan Morgan, Jesmond: From Mines To Mansions (2010), p.76.
  3. ^ History of Jesmond Dene
  4. ^ a b Hotel website