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Bessie Surtees House

Address: 41-44 Sandhill | Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JF, England
Phone Number: 44-191-269-1200
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks
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Owner description: Visitors can tour this beautiful mid 17th-century Tudor house, which is best known as the site of the romantic elopement in 1772 between Bessie Surtees and John Scott, the future Lord Chancellor of England.

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Newcastle,UK
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12 reviews 12 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Beautiful Tudor house on the quayside. Only a few rooms are open, the rest are offices, and there are some great dressing up outfits for children. Reception were very helpful and Informative about the history of the house and the local area. Free and well worth a visit.

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Stotfold, United Kingdom
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316 reviews 316 reviews
113 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This house is worth a short visit but there is not a lot to see … however, it is free. The ceiling in the main room is impressive and Bessie's story is interesting but there is not much more. The construction of the 'new' historic style furniture is worthy of inspection as it is exceedingly good craftsmanship.

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Good local history lesson inside this house, not a great deal to see though, a visit will only take you around 30 minutes in total

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Edinburgh
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Lovely example of a Jacobean period house and it is free entry whats more no hassle to join English Heritage when you enter. Entry is limited to the First Floor which gives you an insight into the House and it's history

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Auchterarder, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If in the Quayside area of Newcastle it is well worth visiting this House. Although small it has lots of original features and information points and its free! Ceilings and wood paneling are in excellent condition. A quick look will take 10 minutes but the plaques do provide good information so if you have longer it is worth taking the... More

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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117 reviews 117 reviews
23 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

On a walking tour round the historic city walls and quayside area of Newcastle last Thursday, two friends and myself discovered this little gem. The house dates back to around 1657 as can be seen on the chimneypiece of the first floor main room which bears the arms and initials of past owners Cock and Davison. I am not going... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

An old house on the quayside, one of the few building to survive the great fire of Newcastle. If you like history this 16th century house is a must as there is a great deal of history inside. This area of Newcastle has been use from Roman times, when the first bridge was built over the river and was an... More

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łódż
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

very dissapointed,only 2 wee rooms to see,top flor closed,nothing to see,couldn't find any staff to ask about house and history,mayby not right time(march) to visit.

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

It's a free attraction, not many rooms open to the public but it is English heritages office. What rooms are open are full of information. Standing at the window watching the traffic going by, could stand there all day.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

A very interesting building with history. one of the few quay side buildings to survive the great Newcastle Fire. Well worth a visit.

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