Bessie Surtees House

Bessie Surtees House
41-44 Sandhill
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014



0191 269 1200

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Two sixteenth- and seventeenth-century merchants’ houses, one of which is a rare example of Jacobean domestic architecture. The house is perhaps best known as the scene of the elopement of Bessie Surtees and John Scott, who, in 1771, became Lord Chancellor of England.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Architecture centre

Opening hours

Open all year: 10am - 4pm Mon - Fri except Bank Holidays

Closed: 24 Dec - 1 Jan 2004 and Bank Holidays

Admission charges


  • English Heritage
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Heritage Open Days 2014: Bessie Surtees House

  • 11 — 13 September 2014

Visit these 16th and 17th century merchants’ houses, fine examples of Jacobean domestic architecture. Now the North East office for English Heritage, the buildings boast some splendid period interiors and are best known as the scene of the elopement of Bessie with John Scott, later Lord Chancellor of England. On Saturday a cafe will be open in honour of an Edwardian resident business and a PowerPoint presentation will display historic photographs of the house.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.