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A Couple of Nights (and Days) on the Toon (Newcastle): Out and about

Posted in Architecture, DESIGN, NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP) with tags , , , on August 9, 2009 by echostains

Continuing with our brief Newcastle visit, we were entranced by this city and amazed at the variety of architecture which sits happily enough with the contemporary buildings.

even the old flour mill has been rejuvenated

even the old flour mill has been rejuvenated

Millenium Bridge Newcastle and Gateshead –

millenium bridge

millenium bridge

The Tyne Bridge north

newcastle bridge north approach

newcastle bridge north approach

Beautiful Central Arcade is  Edwardian, built in 1906 and highly decorated.  It is situated between Grainger and Grey Street.

central arcade newcastle

central arcade newcastle

Grey Street was built in the 1830s by Richard Grainger and John Dobson.  It is reknown for it’s Georgian architecture and the impressive Theatre Royal and Central Arcade amongst many

theatre Royal Grey Street Newcastle

theatre Royal Grey Street Newcastle

More posts about Newcastle;

Bessie Surtees House

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Continued tomorrow…

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Nights and Days on the Toon (Newcastle) Bessie Surtees House

Posted in NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP) with tags , , on August 8, 2009 by echostains

 Continuing with my Newcastle visit;

Bessie Surtees House Quayside Newcastle

Bessie Surtees House Quayside Newcastle

Bessie Surtees House Jacobean architecture provides the backdrop to the romantic tale of young Bessie Surtees, daughter of Aubone Surtees, a wealthy Banker, who escaped through a window of this house to elope with John Scott, son of a coal fitter, whom her father didn’t approve of.  Scott later became the Lord Chancellor of England, and all was forgiven!  The house consists of two merchant’s houses, built in the 16th and 17thcentury.  It is well worth a visit and it’s free admission too!

fireplace Bessie Surtees house

fireplace Bessie Surtees house

Jacobean paneling and a beautiful plaster ceiling (a copy of the original)  are the main features in the banqueting room. 

bessie surtees ceiling

bessie surtees ceiling

 Merchants would gather to watch their ships come in from the window.  The blue panel in the window indicates the route which Bessie Surtees used to elope with her lover.

Bessies escape route

Bessies escape route

When we went, only three rooms were open to the public.  That didn’t stop us having a good old nosey though..look what’s behind the panelling!

behind the panels

behind the panels

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To be continued