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Forth House

A Grade II Listed Building in Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Latitude: 54.9695 / 54°58'10"N

Longitude: -1.6189 / 1°37'7"W

OS Eastings: 424497

OS Northings: 563945

OS Grid: NZ244639

Mapcode National: GBR SNH.F9

Mapcode Global: WHC3R.3CC4

Plus Code: 9C6WX99J+RF

Entry Name: Forth House

Listing Date: 25 February 2004

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1390777

English Heritage Legacy ID: 491201

ID on this website: 101390777

Location: Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1

County: Newcastle upon Tyne

Electoral Ward/Division: Westgate

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Newcastle upon Tyne

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Newcastle St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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1833/0/10216 FORTH LANE
25-FEB-04 Forth House

Former townhouse and then restaurant. c. 1750, altered early C19, 1869 and C20. Red brick, now rendered and painted, with ashlar dressings and C20 concrete tile roofs. Varoius brick chimney stacks. L-plan. 3 storey with basement.
Main Bewick Street front has 7 windows and first floor band. Altered ground floor has round headed central doorway with C20 double doors and fanflight. Either side are 4 round headed C20 windows in ashlar surrounds. Above 7 plain sash windows with above again 7 smaller plain sashes.
Forth Lane front has 5 windows. Ground floor has single storey addition of 1869 with a central round headed doorway with double doors and overlight. Either side 2 round headed C20 windows in ashlar surrounds. This addition is topped with a balustraded parapet. First floor has 5 plain sash windows, with 5 smaller sashes above again, the windows left of centre are blocked on both floors.
INTERIOR retains original plan form though some walls have been partially removed. Simple two flight early-C19 timber staircase has 2 turned balusters per tread with prominent turned newel post topped with ball finial, and moulded handrail.
Similar though plainer back staircase has boxed-in balusters. Four main rooms on first floor retain original mid-C18 features including panel doors and moulded surrounds, each room retains its original plain plaster ceilings and moulded plaster coving. Two rooms have egg & dart moulding and dentilated moulding combined in the coving, one room has egg & dart moulded coving and another has moulded coving.
This is a rare example of a large and important mid-C18 townhouse which retains some of it plan-form and a number of its most important rooms on the first floor. This house was known in the C18 as Waldie's House. It was owned by George Waldie, a Quaker banker, though the house was probably built for the Thomas Doubleday who paid Land Tax on the property in 1770.

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