Going Gothic

By mrswoolybill
Jesmond Dene Banqueting Hall was built in the 1860s on Lord Armstrong's Newcastle estate, for him to entertain the great and (possibly) good It was designed by Newcastle's leading architect, John Dobson, and in its heyday it was quite something. Guests were entertained by a water-powered organ, driven by the flow of the Ouseburn in the valley below.
Just twenty years after its construction, the Armstrongs gifted the estate to the city as a public park. The Banqueting Hall was abandoned. It is now a ruin, open to the elements. A sad ghost from the past.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Architecture Black and white Ruin Jesmond dene Newcastle upon tyne Landscape and travel

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bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
17 Aug 2020 7:35AM
interesting write up and very well captured - fine mono
jacomes Plus
6 28 40 Portugal
17 Aug 2020 7:50AM
nature always wins out in the end, a man's pride taken over.
saltireblue Plus
11 12.2k 76 Norway
17 Aug 2020 8:06AM
Perhaps the people of Newcastle were grateful for the parklands, but were not too keen on the hall, which was a reminder of the upper classes and their luxury?
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 8:21AM
Very nice, Moira. Well composed and lovely light.
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 8:48AM
This beautiful image gives it a ghostly appearance.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 8:53AM
Thanks guys. It's a large building, open to the elements, so light floods though the arched windows with no background trees to break the outlines - I think that's what gives the eerie look.
Frustratingly, the interior is planted as a courtyard garden, but it's out of bounds to the public. Some time I shall make enquiries to see if I can get our U3A group in there...
IainHamer Plus
16 22 5 England
17 Aug 2020 9:11AM
I am a Geordi living on the south coast and went to Jesmond Dene numerous times whilst I was living in the TOON.
I can't remember ever having seen this building before.
Well captured Moira


Alfie_P Plus
14 927 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 9:26AM
A man of great foresight (Renewable energy) an advocate of solar power and hydro electricity.
Excellent b&w image Moira 😊

17 Aug 2020 9:30AM
The clincher... tonal distribution, and the way the dark building is framed in light.
17 Aug 2020 9:30AM
perhaps even more picturesque these days when it's overgrown and lies in ruins..
a beautiful shot
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 9:38AM
Thanks folks and thanks to Alan and Ian for the UAs.
Ian, I am uploading for the next few days from the more obscure bits of the Dene...
17 Aug 2020 9:50AM
An enchanting image, Moira.

chase Plus
16 2.2k 577 England
17 Aug 2020 9:50AM
Great spot for a drop of urbexing there Moira.
Such a shame that beautiful buildings and architecture falls to Mother Nature.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 9:53AM

Quote:Great spot for a drop of urbexing there Moira.

If only... There are heavy iron grilles over the doorways and lower windows, they will appear later this week. But the interior is obviously visited and tended by the gardeners. Once something like normality returns I shall be making enquiries...
17 Aug 2020 12:00PM
A great Gothic image.
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
17 Aug 2020 12:45PM
Excellent capture leaving a touch of mystery at the end of the path Moira
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
17 Aug 2020 1:25PM
Such a shame it wasn't preserved. I never have understood the abandon with which such treasures are let go to waste. A very fine, and emotional photo.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
17 Aug 2020 2:05PM
Things one come across during their forest walks. Sometimes they have a spooky feel. I click and hurry on. Just in case, always being alone.
mac Plus
19 13 Scotland
17 Aug 2020 2:22PM
An interesting story. I wonder, in present day set-up would the building not have been listed, and forced to keep in repair? It looks quite gothic, appearing through the trees. Good mono tones.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
17 Aug 2020 2:43PM
A lovely woodland capture, Moira, I bet it's very ghostly at night 😲👍
Trev 😀
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 6:33PM
An image that makes you want to walk on and explore the beauty...
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