The History of our Jesmond Bed and Breakfast

We could just be the most historical bed and breakfast Jesmond has to offer. The Rosebery Hotel Newcastle has been trading as a guest house since before 1913. Over the last hundred years, guests have come from around the globe to enjoy the hotel’s hospitality, including the cast of Hi-De-Hi, Primal Scream, Prunella Scales and The Scottish Opera, to name but a few.

During our renovations of our boutique bed and breakfast in Newcastle, a door panel was removed from room 19, we uncovered some writing which said: ‘October 1950, I am wondering where I will be in 2010.’ After a little sleuthing we discovered that the previous owners had never removed the panel and the room remained unchanged since 1955. So it seems, it was in fact written in 1950, we can’t help but wonder, where this person is today?

The history of the area of Jesmond Vale and Jesmond Dene is attributed to Lord Armstrong, who was an inventor, engineer, lawyer, shipping magnate, an arms manufacturer, philanthropist and pioneer in use of hydro-electric power. Lord William Armstrong bequeathed Jesmond Dene, Armstrong Bridge and Armstrong Park to the workers of Newcastle. If the history of the area and Lord Armstrong interests you, his Victorian mansion, Cragside is definitely worth a visit.

Armstrong Bridge: Then & Now

Some Amazing Old Photographs

History of The Rosebery

If you’d like to see more images of Jesmond in years gone by, pop here.


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Jesmond Dene's Watermill c. 1910 via Newcastle Libraries

Image 2

Armstrong Bridge, c. 1910 via Newcastle Libraries

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Armstrong Bridge, c. 1969 via Newcastle Libraries

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Jesmond Road, c. ???? via Unknown

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Lily Road, c. ???? via Tim. Pickford-Jones