Jesmond – research notes

November 8th, 2017

Faulkner, Beacock and Jones (<£10 on Amazon)

A building list in the order in which they appear in the book –  with notes from Pevsner Northumberland when found.

“Jesmond was no more than a village up to the middle of the C19th when it became the residential suburb for the wealthiest inhabitants. The monuments reflect both these aspects.” p254/5 [1]


This research note is the ideal. As it is I just went there and looked.

I missed a lot by not researching the area more thoroughly beforehand but equally enjoyed the joy of discovery when it happened, without having been forewarned. Knott Flats Tynemouth for example.

Where I have looked for locations in Jesmond highlighted in the book I have found Streetview images of Jesmond Towers undergoing restoration, Jesmond Dene Hall, and the Banqueting Hall which sadly appears to have been abandoned altogether.

I am aware that Streetview is by its very nature always out of date and that restoration where necessary may have been completed at the time of writing but the images do not bode well for the health of the buildings.

I could not copy photographs from the book for copyright reasons and have therefore included the building titles alone. Where possible I have included Streetview screengrabs. Where there is no photograph the building title image links to a map in most cases.

I will add more photographs as and when I obtain permission to publish them.

Wyncote Court/Jesmond Park Court, Jesmond Park East , NE7 (1970). Waring and Netts Partnership.
M: Jesmond . This scheme, which comprises 35 houses and 50 flats, consists of two-storey terraces cleverly arranged to retain the existing trees and set them within a series of well landscaped courts. The design accommodates the motorcar in small groups within garage courts and ensures a quiet and pleasant pedestrian environment ( Fig. 3.41 ). [2]





Lord Armstrong’s partner Charles Mitchell’s house was Jesmond Towers just S of Jesmond Dene House. This looks now c.1870-5 though it is said to incorporate work of 1817, 1823-7 by Dobson and of c.1833 by the owner Richard BUrdon Sanderson. The house was bought by Charels Mitchell c1870. It is now a Roman Catholic school (La Sagesse. It is all ornately Gothic, with polygonal pinnacles and bettlesments and panelwork, very irregular, and lacking in grandeur inside. – [1]

Jesmond (Newcastle General) Cemetery

Entrance gates by Dobson 1839. Soberly classical with Doric pilasters and two square Doric turrets. [1]

All Saint’s Cemetery

Entrance with tall gabled Gothic archway, 1853-7, by Benjamin Green. [1]

Jesmond Parish Church (blighted by motorways)

By Dobson 1858-61. Late E.E. with big tower with pinnacles and cross-gabled aisles. Six bays plus two chancel bays; octagonal piers; no clerestory. N and S galleries – a rarity after the ecclesiastical events of the Victorian Age. Tall five-light E window. [1]

Northern Counties School for the deaf





… and a separate Banqueting Hall on its W side … by Dobson 1860, a large, rather dull Italianate apartment with statuary in niches – somewhat in the style one might expect to find say at Matlock. The Banqueting Hall lies so much below the level of the road that a separate Entrance Building was built by Lord Armstrong in 1870. [1]

Tyneside flats Oakland Road click for Streetview

St George’s Church Jesmond (try the slider at top)

A very ambitious church built and furnished at the expense of Charles W. Mitchell, partner of Lord Armstrong’s. He was a painter himself (the Laing Art Gallery owns a large picture by him) and had much to do with the design of building and decoration. Built in 1888 by T. R. Spence. E.E. but with a tall campanile of Italian outline at the E end of the S aisle. Very restrained in the details Tall interior with circular piers and large clerestory.

Chancel with three lancets high above the altar. W end with low straight-ended projecting Baptistery and above two windows and the rest of the wall all stone-panelled. Expensive and tasteful decoration, very progressive in style for its date. [1]

At the N end of Jesmond Dene was Sir Andrew Noble’s house, Jesmond Dene House, much enlarged in 1896 by F. W. RIch. The house is neo-Tudor, with straight gables, a very free composition, and has at its W end a bit which is half-timbered. Inside, a large hall with a huge fireplace, but no correspondingly spacious staircase. [1]

United Free Methodist Church (Streetview)

1907 by Sir Edwin Cooper. Friendly neo-Early-Georgian. Brick and stone dressings. Not high, various ranges connected by galleries. Central clock turret. [1]

Holy Trinity Church Churchill Gardens (Streetview)

By HIcks and Charlewood 1905. Tall W tower with spire, and Dec tracery. [1]

Haldane Terrace (Streetview)

Eslington Terrace (Streetview)

Houses in Haldane Terrace, Kingland, Eslington Terrace and Clayton Road

Jesmond Library (Streetview)

Fenwick Close , Buston Terrace, Jesmond , NE2 (1962–1964) . Brian Robson.
M: Jesmond . The existing Victorian house on the site was converted to provide two large family houses with 5 two-storey family houses and two smaller bungalows being built in the grounds. The houses are remarkable for their copper-covered hyperbolic parabolic roofs, which gave clerestory lighting within the deep house plan. [2]


Chronicle Live

Sandyford Park Villa

The house was originally called Villa Real and later Nazareth House. The house was built by John Dobson for Captain John Dutton in 1817. The main front had large bow windows and Tuscan columns supported the entrance porch {1}. One of John Dobson’s earliest designs. Its original 21 acres of land included a fishpond and spring.

In 1828 while Russell Blackbird, ship owner and insurance broker lived in the house, Bronze Age remains were found in the grounds. Subsequent occupants were William Wright (flint glass manufacturer) and Robert Harrison (tanner). In 1883 Dr Gribb, surgeon of Blaydon Races fame, changed the name of the house to Sandyford Park.

After his death in 1916 the property was owned by the Poor Sisters of Nazareth for nearly 80 years, and was known as Nazareth House. In 1996 the sisters transferred to London and for a while the house was managed by Catholic Care North East {2}. LISTED GRADE 2

From the RIBA Book of British Housing

Private Housing, Jesmond and North Newcastle. 1962–70. R. Newcastle Central Station M. There are a number of outstanding private housing schemes in the northern suburbs of Newcastle, built in the 1960s by A. Cragie and Son Ltd, which were influenced by Eric Lyons and Span.

Most of the schemes have since never been altered or added to by their owners, but where they are different to Span developments is that this has been achieved without the establishment of a maintenance company, and there was no commitment upon the house owners except an annual payment for grounds maintenance.

Avondale and Ferndale , Rectory Road, Gosforth , NE3 (1968) . Waring and Netts Partnership.
M: Milford Road . These houses were built on the adjoining gardens of two large detached Victorian villas. The double courtyard evolved from the separate acquisition and development of the two sites ( Fig. 3.40 ).

EH , p. 10; RIBA Northern Regional Housing Group, Housing North , pp. 6, 23; AJ , 15/11/67, p. 1253.

1. The Buildings of England – Northumberland – by Nikolaus Pevsner and Ian A. Richmond 1957 rp 1974

2. RIBA Book of British Housing – 1900 to the present day 2nd ed.

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