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Sandhill Newcastle Quayside - 9/NOT365 | by Paul J White
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Sandhill Newcastle Quayside - 9/NOT365

Sandhill, Newcastle Quayside - on the Quayside just down The Side from the castle and cathedral is a road called the Sandhill where some of the oldest remaining houses of the Newcastle Quayside can still be seen. They date from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries and were once occupied by wealthy Newcastle merchants.


In one of these houses there once lived a certain Bessie Surtees who in 1772 defied the wishes of her wealthy merchant father and secretly climbed from an upstairs window to elope with a humble young man called John Scott. Scott went on to become a wealthy peer, acquiring the barony of Eldon near Bishop Auckland and later in 1801 he became the Lord Chancellor of England.


Lord Eldon of course gives his name to Eldon Square, the modern commercial centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. Bessie Surtees' house in Sandhill is marked by a plaque which commemorates the famous elopement.


Another from the 365 out-takes, snapped last February when I got the 11-16mm wide angle lens, and given a faux HDR treatment to bring out the detail.

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Taken on February 9, 2009