Tyne and Wear HER(116): Heaton, Camera of Adam of Jesmond/ King John's Palace - Details
Title of image: Adam's Camera, Heaton Park
Artist: W.H. Knowles
Description: A drawing of Adam's Camera in Heaton Park, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. The ruin is also known as King John's Palace.
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies Castles Collection
Accession number: NCL 003472
Provider: Newcastle City Library
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Heaton, Camera of Adam of Jesmond/ King John's Palace
Fortified Manor House
Attributed to Adam of Jesmond (sometimes misleadingly called King John's Palace) because he held the manor of Heaton in the mid-13th century and the structure appears to date from this time. It has been suggested that the building had gone out of use by the early 17th century, and it was said to be in ruins in 1776. Abutting structures were demolished in the mid-nineteenth century. Whether it was a house or tower is uncertain. Its present remains consist of a north wall and the north end of an east wall, both standing two storeys high. Its original length is unknown. The principal room was a hall on the first floor, originally with a 2-light north window, and with at least one lancet in the east wall. A drawing of the west wall (before it fell down) shows a first floor door. Several restorations have made further interpretation of the building rather difficult. SCHEDULED ANCIENT MONUMENT AND LISTED GRADE 2
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