Sir William (later Lord) Armstrong built this Banqueting Hall (now a controlled ruin) from 1860-1862 because his home was too small to accommodate large numbers of business clients he was entertaining. John Dobson was the architect.
It contained an organ powered by water from the Ouseburn which it overlooks.
Alterations and an extension were added around 1870 and in 1883 Armstrong presented the Banqueting Hall along with Jesmond Dene to the Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of Newcastle upon Tyne, as a Public Park to be maintained for all time as an oasis of natural beauty within an urban setting.
See also my photos of:
- Jesmond Dene
- Jesmond Dene - Mill / Waterfall
- Jesmond Dene - Pets Corner
- Jesmond Dene - Snow
- Jesmond Dene - St Mary's Chapel
Postcards of Jesmond Dene has a nice old postcard of the Banqueting Hall.
Inside The Banqueting Hall, Jesmond Dene