Building In Jesmond Dene, Tyne And Wear
The banqueting hall where Lord Armstrong would entertain his guests.
If you are unaware of who Lord Armstrong was, then head on t'internet and have a mooch as he was one of our most amazing Northumbrians.
Armstrong already had a house overlooking Jesmond Dene, but it wasn't big enough for entertaining so he asked local architect John Dobson (another outstanding northerner) to build him the banqueting hall. Then in 1870 a gatehouse was added to the building.
As he grew older, Lord Armstrong spent more time at his country home (Cragside) and so gifted his land and hall to the people of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1884. It was such a significant gesture that it was marked with a royal ceremony attended by Prince Albert Edward who was the eldest son of Queen Victoria.
Parts of the hall no longer have a roof and is now fenced off, but you can see a lot of the exterior.
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You can park right outside the hall.
Contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.
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