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Bessie Surtees House

Bessie Surtees House

St Astier is about to begin a programme of works at Bessie Surtees House – two Jacobean merchant houses on Newcastle's quayside – which is home to the regional offices of English Heritage.

We will be installing a new low profile conservation roof light within the second floor office and replacing an existing damaged roof light over the main stairs. Other works include the decoration of rendered infill panels to the façade and perpendicular elevation within the central courtyard.

Originally known as Milbank House and Surtees House, the properties were united by John Clayton in the late 19th Century and are collectively known as Bessie Surtees House. It was from the first floor window of Surtees House that Bessie Surtees is said to have eloped with a coal merchant's son who would become a successful lawyer and later Lord Chancellor.

Alongside its immediate neighbours, Bessie Surtees House is a building of international historic importance and a grade I listed structure.