Jesmond shown within Tyne and Wear
Population Jesmond ward: 11,849
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Jesmond is a residential suburb and is split into two electoral wards just north of the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The population is about 12,000. It is adjacent to, and to the east of, the Town Moor, providing pedestrian and cycle paths to Spital Tongues and the city's two Universities. It is widely considered to be one of the most affluent suburbs of Newcastle.
According to local tradition, some time shortly after the Norman Conquest there occurred in the valley of the Ouse an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It seems reasonable to suppose that the Virgin was beheld with the infant Christ, because up until that time Jesmond had been known as Gese Muth “the mouth of the Ouse” while afterwards it was known as Jesmond or “the hill of Jesus”. The ruins of the Chapel are on the west side of the valley but local tradition holds that the apparition itself occurred at St Mary’s Rock which stands in the midst of the stream next to the ruins of Ridley Mill. If this tradition is correct it may indicate that the Chapel was a slipper chapel at which pilgrims removed their shoes before walking the remaining distance to the site of the apparition barefoot.
A trace of the processions to the shrine which occurred at this time is found in the name of that section of the former Great North Road adjacent to the Tyne called Pilgrim Street. During a period in which the shrine was in need of repair it was endowed with indulgences by a rescript of Pope Martin V on certain feasts of the liturgical year. A spring known as St Mary’s Well of uncertain date may also be found near to the chapel. It has the word “Gratia” inscribed upon stone above it. The greater part of the history of the shrine, its origins and the miracles which were said to have occurred there, have been lost in the destruction which came upon it in the sixteenth century.
The chapel was suppressed in the Reformation and fell into ruin. Afterwards the ruin and its grounds passed through various owners (one of whom tried to turn the well into a bathing pool) it was acquired by Lord Armstrong in the nineteenth century and given by him to the City of Newcastle. Mass is now offered there on occasion by the local Roman Catholic priest and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. Flowers along with letters and candles are often left in the ruins and it is once more frequented by occasional pilgrims. A booklet outlining the surviving history of the chapel may be obtained from the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Name on North Jesmond Avenue.
Areas of Jesmond
The area is notable for Jesmond Parish Church, Holy Trinity Church, Jesmond Dene woodland and the Royal Grammar School. The area's principal commercial area forms around Osborne Road, Acorn Road, and St Georges Terrace, the former being dominated by hotels and bars, and the latter by shops and cafes.
Newcastle City Council has designated  three conservation areas within Jesmond; Brandling Village, South Jesmond and Jesmond Dene.
The Mansion House owned by a wealthy industrialist Arthur Sutherland, 1st Baronet, owned one of the most impressive residential properties in Jesmond. Built in 1876. The Mansion was donated to the city by Sutherland in 1953 and is now the official residence of the Lord Mayor and can be used for private events. The house, situated in the centre of Jesmond previously sat in 5 acres (20,000 m2) of land. One acre of the land including previous stables were sold as a private property, now owned by relatives of Arthur Sutherland.
Jesmond is one of the 24 areas in England to have a real tennis club which is used to hold events.
Notable Jesmond residents have included the industrialist William Armstrong, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, English Rugby Union player Mathew Tait, footballer Shola Ameobi, journalist and broadcaster Nancy Spain, concert pianist Denis Matthews, writer Catherine Cookson, singers Bryan Ferry and Sting, songwriter and record producer Steve Hillier, novelist Eva Ibbotson Yevgeny Zamyatin, Arthur Sutherland 1st Baron, and Carole Middleton (mother of The Duchess of Cambridge). The only Briton to die in the Killing Fields of Cambodia, John Dewhirst, was born in Jesmond. Chris Donald and Simon Donald, the founders of Viz (comic), spent their early lives on Lily Crescent in Jesmond.
Ward Name: North Jesmond Councillor: Lucy McKeever Party: Liberal Democrats Councillor: Tony Rounthwaite Party: Liberal Democrats Councillor: Ron Armstrong Party: Liberal Democrats Ward Name: South Jesmond Councillor: Tom Woodwark Party: Liberal Democrats Councillor: Bob Walker Party: Liberal Democrats Councillor: Chris Boyle Party: Liberal Democrats
- West Jesmond Primary School
- West Jesmond is a 4-11 primary school. The original building was demolished in 2008 and a new school rebuilt on the same site. The new school building opened on 2nd March 2009
- Royal Grammar School, Newcastle
- Central Newcastle High School (Girls only)
- Church High School (Girls only)
- Northern Counties School for the Deaf
- Newcastle Preparatory School
The La Sagesse School in Jesmond was used as a set for the Dumping Ground in the popular children's television series Tracy Beaker Returns, starring Dani Harmer. The program has so far aired in 2010 and 2011, winning a Children's BAFTA for the 2010 series.
Jesmond is served by the Tyne and Wear Metro, with stations at Jesmond, West Jesmond and Ilford Road. Jesmond station is the point at which Metro trains travelling north emerge from the underground section. Trains travel southbound to Sunderland or South Shields via City Centre and Gateshead, and northbound to the Airport via Kingston Park or Whitley Bay.
There has been an active Bahá’í community in Jesmond for over 25 years, Jesmond is also home to the only Bahá’í Centre in North East England, located on Victoria Square near the Civic Centre.
One of the largest evangelical Anglican churches in the UK is Jesmond Parish Church, which is affiliated with the controversial Christian Institute (based in nearby Gosforth), and has attracted several pickets, particularly over its anti-gay stance.
Due to a rising population of students and young professionals, Osborne Road has in recent years become a popular venue for nightlife, eating, and socialising. With a large number of bars and restaurants in one location it can become congested on busy nights. The road also has a number of restaurants and medium sized hotels.
- ^ Conservation Areas in the City, Newcastle City Council
- ^ Halting the Proliferation of Student Housing, WardHadaway Solicitors[dead link]
- ^ "Newcastle Cricket Club". www.newcastlecc.org.uk. http://newcastlecc.org.uk/. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- ^ "Double drink-driver quits as councillor". http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/2008/03/19/double-drink-driver-quits-as-councillor-72703-20645225/. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
- ^ http://www.sundaysun.co.uk/news/north-east-news/2009/08/30/tracy-beaker-heads-north-to-film-at-la-sagesse-79310-24565777/
- JesmondLocal: Hyperlocal news site covering Jesmond
- Newcastle Council Ward Info: North Jesmond.
- Newcastle Council Ward Info: South Jesmond
- Jesmond Network
- What's in Jesmond
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