Bessie Surtees House
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Bessie Surtees House is famous for one particular event. The eponymous young lady was the daughter of Aubone Surtees, a prominent Newcastle banker. She wanted to marry a young man named John Scott, but her family objected to the match. On 18 November, 1772 Bessie eloped with Scott, escaping through a window of the house that now bears her name.
The young couple escaped to Scotland, where they were married. Scott became a lawyer, and eventually rose to become Chancellor of England. Happily, the Surtees family was reconciled with Bessie, and actually settled money on her (a bit late for the wedding ceremony, but still...). It is interesting to view the house today and guess which window it was that Besie escaped through to join her beloved.
About Bessie Surtees House
Address: 41-44 Sandhill, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, NE1 3JF
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Currently open weekday office hours.
Phone: 0191 269 1200
Photo Credit: Michael Preston, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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