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Artist: City Engineers
Description: A view of the exterior of Benwell Hall, Gretna Road, Benwell taken in 1981. Benwell Hall is empty with boarded up windows and doors. The grounds are neglected and overgrown. Houses can be seen behind Benwell Hall and other buildings to the right. Benwell Hall was probably built in the second half of the eighteenth century with 19th century additions by John Dobson. The Hall was demolished in 1982.
Additional info: Print black and white
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies Buildings Collection
Accession number: NCL 042212
Provider: Newcastle City Library
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Benwell, Benwell Hall
Little trace of Benwell Hall, which was situated on the north side of Ferguson's Lane, west of the junction with Gretna Road, remains today. Benwell Hall was built of brick, probably during the second half of the 18th century. Later extensions were added during the 19th century, possibly to the designs of Dobson. The original house was symmetrical, two storeys in height and five bays wide. William Surtees, the brother of Bessie Surtees, was resident in the house in the 18th century. Despite considerable public opposition, the house was demolished in 1982.
<< HER 1863 >> T. Faulkner & P. Lowery, 1996, Lost Houses of Newcastle and Northumberland, p 12-13; Notes from I Farrier, 2015, West Newcastle Picture History Collection; Robert Shafto's will, 1779, NRO 324/J8; Sale of Benwell Lodge land 1781, NRO 00324/J/14; Manorial Records MBE 1.122 & 126 (NRO)