Early in the twelfth century Heaton and Jesmond are described as part of the Barony of Ellingham granted by Henry I to Nicholas de Grenville. The Barony then passed through a number of families, and in the 17th century Henry Babington purchased the estate of Heaton and Jesmond and he was knighted at Heaton Hall on 1st May 1617 by King James.
By the eighteenth century two powerful merchants Matthew White and Richard Ridley owned many collieries in Heaton. The families where united through marriage which meant their landholding in Heaton included virtually the whole township. The
amalgamated estate was broken up and disposed of in 1835. Armourer Donkin was recorded as owning the land in 1840. Donkin a business partner of Armstrong bequeathed his land to Sir William Armstrong (1810 – 1900) in 1857.
In 1878 Sir William Armstrong was already admitting public to his park. Mr Alderman Hedley cited it as a place the population could resort to therefore negating the need for large sums of money to be spent on acquiring the land.
In June 1879 the Heaton section of Armstrong Park was opened by the Mayor Mr Alderman Thomas Robinson. This section amounting to 22 and a half acres was purchased from a Mr Addison Potter, at a cost of £12,562.10s.
See also Heaton Park - House of Adam.
Description harvested from Newcastle City Council - Heaton Park
Newcastle City Council - Heaton and Armstrong Parks