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Coxlodge Hall Gosforth

Coxlodge Hall Gosforth Newcastle Libraries

This post celebrates more of the rich heritage of Gosforth as we take a look at the story of Coxlodge Hall.

The Durham County Advertiser of 7 February 1818 carried the following notice:

Death of Job Bulman

At his mansion, at Coxlodge, near Newcastle, on Sunday last, aged 74 years, Job Bulman Esq., one of the partners of the bank of Messrs. Lambton & Co. of Newcastle, a gentleman highly respected. 

A month later on 7 March 1818 the same newspaper carried the following advertisement offering the lease of Coxlodge Hall, home of the late Job Bulman, now in the ownership of his son, Job James. 


Unfurnished for a term of years

All the capital MANSION HOUSE of Coxlodge with the gardens, orchard etc. The house consists of an excellent dining room, drawing room, library, two sitting rooms, nine spacious bed rooms, three of them with good dressing rooms, and four servants’ rooms, two kitchens, laundry, wash house, servants’ hall. Housekeeper’s room and butler’s pantry. 

The out offices are very commodious: two double coach houses, stabling for ten horses, excellent granaries and hay lofts, brew house, cow byer, poultry house, barn and hind’s house; with other convenient offices. The gardens are very productive, with a hot house to one of them. 

The premises are in excellent repair and condition; pleasantly situated within  two miles of Newcastle upon Tyne, at a short distance from the turnpike road leading to Morpeth, and forming a desirable residence for a gentleman’s family. 

The tenant accommodated with from 20 to 50  acres of land. 

The premises will be shewn on enquiry at the house; and for further particulars apply to Job Bulman, Esq, at Coxlodge; or of Mr John Grace, of Gosforth, near Newcastle upon Tyne. 4 March 1818.

os map of Gosforth showing  Coxlidge Hall

Coxlodge Hall Gosforth

Job Bulman was born in Gateshead around 1744 and is believed to have made his fortune in India. On returning to England he purchased land in Gosforth and built Coxlodge Hall. After acquiring the Coxlodge estate he proceeded to sell of parts of it. These sales resulted in the development of Bulman Village, the area around what is now Gosforth High Street. In 1832 the property was sold to John Anderson, a banker, who retained it until 1859 when it was sold to Thomas Hedley, the soapmaker, whose business eventually became part of Proctor and Gamble. The Hall suffered a fire in 1877 but was rebuilt two years later by Andrew Leslie, a shipbuilder. The next owner was John Harper Graham, a wine merchant who acquired it in 1894.

Rowland Hodge Buys Coxlodge Hall

In the first decade of the 20th century the Hall and estate were purchased by Rowland Hodge, owner of the Northumberland Shipbuilding Company. In April 1918 Rowland and his wife Mabel were found guilty of an offence under the Food Hoarding Order of 1917.

The couple were charged and found guilty of hoarding 1148lb flour, 733ld sugar, 148lb bacon & ham, 29lb sago, 19lb split peas, 1 tin of preserved peas, 32lb lentils, 81lb rice, 25 tins of salmon, 4 tins of lobster, 3 tins crab, 10 jars ox tongue, 19 tins salmon, 85lb jam and marmalade, 61 tins of preserved fruit, 17 jars of calves’ foot jelly, 20 tins of syrup, 2 jars of pressed beef, 8 tins of Moir’s rations, 20 tins of condensed milk, 5 tins of soup and 27lb of dried fruit. In their defence the couple claimed that they had a household of sixteen to feed. This appears to have had little influence. The case resulted in fines of £600 with £100 costs.

Heavy Fines in Gosforth Food Hoarding Case

Newcastle Daily Journal Food Hoarding 1918 Coxlodge Hall Gosforth
Newcastle Daily Journal Food Hoarding Excerpt 1918 Coxlodge Hall Gosforth

The case does not appear to have dented Rowland Hodge’s influence. In 1921 he was appointed a baronet under the infamous Llloyd George coalition government that granted honours in return for the financial benefit to the Prime Minister. Ironically the award was for the services his company had provided during World War One. 

1911 Census of England and Wales showing Coxlodge Hall residents.

More Recent History of the Hall

After Hodge sold the property it became a co-educational private school, Smart’s College.

book showing advert for Smarts College in Coxlodge Hall Gosforth

The Hall was eventually demolished in 1939 with stables, currently being converted to luxury accommodation at The Coach House Gosforth, and the lodge, at the end of The Drive surviving today.

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Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene House

Black Dene House to Boutique Hotel

We consider ourselves very lucky to have this beautiful old house on our doorstep! Jesmond Dene House has a well-documented history. Today it has become a hotel. Although I have never stayed overnight, I have enjoyed its ambience by merely popping in for coffee or booking an evening meal in its excellent restaurant. I love to visit these old houses and this was a real treat! It fits right into our heritage vision.

Jesmond Dene House In June

I first visited Jesmond Dene House for the occasion of my daughter’s thirtieth birthday celebration in June. It was mid-summer, and we sat in the garden with our cocktails. Our family are based away from Newcastle, so there was a lot of catching up chat! I remember feeling happily content to have my family around me on such a beautiful evening. The garden was peaceful, and behind us, we could hear the waterfall in the Dene. We had such a great evening that when some friends were visiting in September and wanted to mark the occasion, I suggested we eat at  Jesmond Dene House.

Waterfall in Jesmond Dene behind Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene Road

My visit was just as enjoyable second time around. Because Jesmond isn’t far from where I live, I decided to begin my evening by walking to the restaurant.  It was a damp evening in late September. Our table was booked for seven-thirty, so as I arrived, it was quite dark. Fortunately, the house isn’t far from the main road. When I turned off Matthew Bank, it did feel like I had turned into a much older part of Jesmond. I could smell the damp old stone (always a good sign)! I  found it a little bit spooky walking in the dark areas between the lamposts. The house is on Jesmond Dene Road, and traffic is restricted,  the road is very quiet.

As I walked through the carpark, I could hear music from the party in the great hall. However, as I walked into the house, I was immediately swallowed into the lovely tranquil atmosphere. It was fourteen years ago in September 2005 that the house opened as a hotel. This occasion was marked this year with a refurbishment of the restaurant. My visit was well timed for a meal in the freshly decorated dining room.

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Jesmond Dene House photo c1964

Photograph c Newcastle Libraries Taken 1964 when the building was used as a Special School. Note architectural variety

Here Comes The History!

In 1822 Newcastle physician Dr Thomas Healdlam built a house on this site. John Dobson designed the house, and it was called Black Dene. It wasn’t until twenty-nine years later in 1851 when John Dobson redesigned the residence for William Cruddas that it became known as Jesmond Dene House. Jumping ahead twenty years to 1871 and the house has another makeover. The architect of Cragside Norman Shaw significantly enlarges it for Andrew Noble who moved in at this time. The house saw significant changes again in 1896 when Frank Rich, a local architect, rebuilt the premises and changed it to a mansion with 39 rooms.  At this time a west wing was added along with, a billiard room, Gothic porch, and Great Hall. (In 1894 Andrew Noble also built a real tennis court (The Jesmond Real Tennis Club) in the grounds of the house, one of only around 50 currently in use worldwide).

Andrew Noble

Sir Andrew Noble 1st Baronet and esteemed physicist worked with Armstrong’s armaments in Elswick. During his time at Jesmond Dene House, he and his wife Lady Margery entertained important guests. Among these guests were Rudyard Kipling, Baden Powell and the aircraft designer de Havilland.

World War II

Lady Margery Noble died in 1929 at the age of 101. She outlived her husband, Andrew Noble by 14 years. Her hundredth birthday party was the last celebration held at Jesmond Dene House. In 1931 the Newcastle Corporation took over the house, and in World War 11 it was used as an ARP base.  After the war, local workers used it as a hostel.

What a treasure!

Jesmond Dene House rates highly for historical merit. It is charmingly decorated throughout. The new colours in the restaurant reflect the leafy garden giving a light and airy feel. I thought this was quite lovely, we were after all, in one of the noted green areas of Newcastle. New patterned wallpaper sits alongside the dark wood panelling to give a relaxed and mellow atmosphere. I arrived before my friends, so I had some time to sit in the panelled wood bar with my glass of wine and soak up the ambience. Our meal was an exquisite, perfectly balanced delight.

The garden at Jesmond Dene House
The chef used fruits and herbs from the garden.
The garden at Jesmond Dene House

As it is the history of places that fascinates me as part of the Discovering Heritage team, I went in search of some historical memorabilia. I found a wall of old photographs and a small photograph album tastefully displayed on a table in the hallway. The album was full of old pictures which helped to tell the historical story of the house.

Old photogrpahs at Jesmond Dene House

Incidentally, herbs and fruits from the garden were used in some of the dishes. I liked this throwback to our culinary heritage.

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