Bessie Surtees House
Historic Building in Newcastle upon Tyne
Bessie Surtees House is the name of two 16th and 17th century, two five-storey merchants’ house, located in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The Tyne’s northern bank was the hub of commercial Newcastle in the 16th century and on Sandhill a row of leaning merchant houses has survived from that era. The buildings are a fine and rare example of Jacobean domestic architecture. The house contains an exhibition illustrating the full history of the house, alongside rare and unusual examples of Jacobean domestic architecture and splendid period interiors such as fine carved oak panelling, elaborate plaster ceilings and carved fire surrounds.
The house is best known as the scene of the elopement of Bessie Surtees, daughter of a wealthy banker, and the pauper John Scott (1751–1838), who luckily later became Lord Chancellor.
Visiting Bessie Surtees House