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La Sagesse School, Jesmond Towers, Newcastle upon Tyne

Description: La Sagesse School, Jesmond Towers

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 17 December 1971
English Heritage Building ID: 304394

OS Grid Reference: NZ2549167122
OS Grid Coordinates: 425491, 567122
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9980, -1.6031

Location: 50 Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 3RJ

Locality: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Newcastle upon Tyne
Country: England
Postcode: NE2 3RJ

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Listing Text


9/91 La Sagesse School, Jesmond
Towers, (Formerly listed in
17.12.71 Jesmond Dene Road.)

G.V. II*

Large house, now school. Early C19, additions 1817 and 1823-7 by Dobson for Sir
Thomas Burdon; enlarged 1869 by T. Oliver and 1884 by T.R. Spence for Charles
Mitchell. Sandstone ashlar, with Welsh slate roofs to canted bays and graduated
Lakeland slate roofs elsewhere. Irregular plan. Gothic style. 2 and 3 storeys,
9 irregular bays. Partly-glazed door recessed in Gothic porch with panelled
ceiling; 4-light flanking windows with Y-tracery. 2 cusped lights to square-headed
windows above, with tall panelled buttresses flanking entrance bay and ending in
pinnacles. Pierced balustrade either side and central stepped parapet with coat
of arms. A variety of canted, oriel and square bay windows with stone mullions,
some also transomed, and some traceried; drip moulds, buttresses, parapets, some
gabled with sloping battlements, some pierced. Gallery at left has high central
parapet and corner turrets with large acanthus bud finials. 3-storey tower to rear
has battlemented parapet. Interior shows stone-arched entrance hall with tiled
floor; Gothic ashlar chimney piece and similar-style cast iron grate; vine and
oak carving to corniced surrounds of billiard-room doors which have painted glass
panels; high quality painted glass in other windows in billiard room, gallery and
small sitting room at right end. The latter has finely-moulded stucco cornice and
frieze with foliage patterns; painted dado in arts-and-crafts style. Stair in
right part of house has delicate Gothic balustrade, with pendants to landing
triple arch; and stucco Gothic-panelled soffits above doors. Gallery at left,
built to display paintings, has top lights and end windows; ornate stucco frieze
and cornice, panelled coved ceiling.
Source: W.F. Dendy "An Account of Jesmond" Archaeologia Aeliana 3 I 173-4;
Newcastle Daily Journal 16 January 1865; Tyne and Wear Archives Department
T186/365, T186/10335.

Listing NGR: NZ2532967174

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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