The Summerhill

Landmark Gateshead Tyne And Wear

The Summerhill

Landmark In Gateshead, Tyne And Wear

An octagonal folly, once part of the Stella Hall estate in Blaydon.

The Summerhill was once part of the grounds of Stella Hall, which is now a housing estate in Blaydon. 

 Stella Hall was originally a medieval manor house given by the Bishop of Durham, William of St Barbara, to the nuns of Newcastle in the 1100s. It remained a nunnery until the dissolution of the monasteries in the mid 1500s. The house passed through several hands and one of it's famous visitors was Oliver Cromwell in 1651.

Joseph Cowen was born at Stella Hall in 1829. Joseph was a popular and influential politician and was MP for Newcastle from 1874-1886. He also wanted to improve lives for the working classes and was responsible for creating a public library for Newcastle.  

Cowen was well liked and was friends with Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi. (Name dropper!) He entertained Garibaldi at Stella Hall, presumably with tea and biscuits and in 1867, he erected a statue of Garibaldi at the hall. The statue was destroyed in 1900, allegedly knocked over by a cow, but the head of the statue survived and is on display at Blaydon Library

There is a statue dedicated to Joseph Cowen on Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne. You may have spotted it outside the Assembly Rooms.

The house remained in the Cowen family until Jane Cowen's death in 1946 and the hall was demolished in 1954, however, The Summerhill folly still exists as a reminder of the history in Blaydon. 

 There are some lovely walks around The Summerhill and great views overlooking the Tyne. The woods around it link to the Blaydon Burn and Path Head Water Mill which is also worth a visit.

  Add To Bucket List   I Have Visited This Place

Get 3 points if you have visited this place. Already visited by 10 VIPs.

Login to the VIP area to add places to your bucket list, mark them as visited and more importantly see where you rank on the league table.

Where Is The Summerhill

Where Is It?

What three words
comet.winter.shunts

Lat / Long
54.965974, -1.725174
Show Place On Google Maps

From the parking spot, cross over the road and you will see an entrance to a field on your right. If you enter the field, the Summerhill is a few minutes walk away.


Where To Park?

What three words
thanks.soak.monks

Lat / Long
54.965085, -1.729167

Show Parking On Google Maps

We parked on a piece of disused road opposite the entrance to Path Head Water Mill.

Sandra Clemens

Contributed by Sandra Clemens

I love the great outdoors and have been a National Trust & English Heritage member for years. I also love going off the beaten track and finding places like Sharp's Folly or Rothley Castle which are hidden gems in Northumberland. My favourite recent hike was climbing Red Screes in the Lake District on a whim, not fully grasping how high 776m was. It was still an achievement to conquer a Wainwright walk and I hope to do more one day.

More Places In Gateshead

Find more fabulous places in Gateshead, Tyne And Wear and if you know of a place we haven't listed, then let us know.
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Building Gateshead Tyne And Wear

Old flour mill converted into a contemporary art gallery in 2002.

Gibside
Estate Gateshead Tyne And Wear

Gibside is a 720 acre estate acquired by the Bowes family in 1713.

Gateshead Central Library
Building Gateshead Tyne And Wear

A purpose built library, which opened in 1926 with funding from the Carnegie Trust.

More Landmarks

So this landmark wasn't enough and you want more? Don't worry we have you covered.
High Moorsley Weather Radar Station
Landmark Houghton-le-Spring Tyne And Wear

A distinguished weather radar station that can be seen for miles.

Curry's Point
Landmark Whitley Bay Tyne And Wear

A plaque marking the site of a gibbet where Michael Curry was chained for murder.

Stanhope Market Place
Landmark Stanhope County Durham

An historic market place in the centre of Stanhope and the location of the Market Cross, a Petrified Tree Stump, the War Memorial and St Thomas Church.

Fabulous North On Facebook
Find Us On Facebook

We post all our new places daily on our Facebook Groups page, so join the group today and be notified when we add a new place.

Share this Place!