ARCHITECTS, BUILDERS & ENGINEERS

CAIL Richard (1812 – 1893)

BUILDING CONTRACTOR AND MAYOR Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. Born in Gateshead and moved to Newcastle when young. He became the manager of a chemical works at Walker and was a Newcastle Councillor from 1866, being Mayor in 1871 and 1879. He was also a JP. He was Chairman of the […]

DOBSON John (1787 – 1865)

ARCHITECT Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery John Dobson was born on 9th December, 1787 in the building now known as the Pineapple Inn in High Chirton, North Shields. As a youngster, he displayed a talent for drawing and his father, a Nurseryman and Gardener, and Innkeeper, gave John every opportunity to […]

GREEN John (1787 – 1852) & GREEN Benjamin (1811 – 1858)

ARCHITECTS Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. John Green was born near Corbridge, the son of a village carpenter. Talented and hard working, he became a successful architect-builder and moved first to Corbridge and then to Newcastle, where two of his better known works are the Literary and Philosophical Society (1822) and the […]

HOLMES John Henry (1857 – 1935)

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, INVENTOR Situated in the Unconsecrated/East Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. John Henry Holmes founded an electrical engineering business in Portland Road, Shieldfield in 1883. It was to make a valuable contribution to the development of electric lighting. In the summer of that year, Holmes installed electric lighting at ‘Wellburn’, his Father’s house at […]

MOUNTAIN William Charles (1862 – 1928)

MINING ENGINEER, UNCLE OF J.R.R. TOLKEIN Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. Born in Birmingham, Warkwickshire, William married Grace Bindley Tolkein in 1887 in Kings Norton, Warwickshire. Mountain was a northern industrialist at the turn of the century, inheriting a wire manufacturing business before spending 24 years with Ernest Scott and Mountain, […]

OLIVER Thomas (1791 – 1857)

ARCHITECT AND SURVEYOR Situated in the Unconsecrated/East Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery. As one of a group of architects involved in the transformation of Newcastle into ‘Tyneside Classical’, Thomas Oliver played a significant role and, of his buildings today, Leazes Terrace and Leazes Crescent are the best known examples. For his work in surveying the […]