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Bessie Surtees House
The Bessie Surtees House is actually 2 houses built in the 16th & 17th Centuries along the historic Newcastle Quayside which has been used since Roman times. The houses are excellent examples of Jacobean architecture and the interiors have in many places been restored to recreate the period in which they were built. An exhibition illustrating the history of the houses is on the first floor. Perhaps the best known part of this history is the elopement of the Bessie after whom the houses are named with John Scott, later Lord Chancellor of England.
This is an English Heritage managed property and in fact is also the site of their regional offices. Admission is free (to everyone, not just EH members) but the property is only open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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Bessie Surtee's house
This house shows a rare example of domestic architecture, dating from the 18th Century. It was the home of a woman who eloped with a man who later became Lord Chancellor of England in 1772, thus causing a scandal.
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