I would suggest, but not insist, that this stone may have seen more than one movement (resiting) in its lifetime...that it was first used to commemorate the completion of the first 'hall' begun by Robert Ellison (1614-1678) in the mid 17th century (see Wiki details below). However, it can be seen that even his son Cuthbert Ellison (1638-1685) did not live to see the stone laid. Robert, his son (1665-1726) certainly was around which lends itself very much to Mac's theory. The big question is...Where was it first laid and how was it affected by later works?
Henry Ellison rebuilt the Hall in a 'grander' style in 1790 and there was further disturbance in the 1800s. In 1886 the west wing and some outbuildings were converted by architect FR Wilson to use as a church for the new parish of St John. So that is enough to be getting on with.
Now then...I would ask why the stone found its way into the top of a spurious wall, to be photographed in the 1940s, then subsequently find its way and set into its current position? The plate photographed by Chris (Wilson) states that it was placed there on 11th August, 1886.
That is enough to think about for now but leaves plenty of room for more discussion.
Hebburn Hall also known as Ellison Hall is a 17th-century country mansion, which has been converted into residential apartments and houses, situated at Hebburn, South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear (grid reference NZ31106417). It is a Grade II listed building.
Long before the Manor of Hebburn was subsumed by the conurbation of Newcastle upon Tyne, the estate was acquired by the Ellisons, a family of merchant adventurers of Newcastle. Robert Ellison, Sheriff and Member of Parliament for Newcastle, replaced the 14th-century Tower house with a new manor house in the mid 17th century.
His descendant Henry Ellison ( who was High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1734) rebuilt the property in a somewhat grander style in 1790, creating, it is said with the assistance of architect William Newton, a three-storey, nine-bay mansion house. Improvements were made about 1819 by architect John Dobson.
Hebburn Hall is a good example of a building in the Tyneside Classical tradition of the Dobson era.
When Henry's son Cuthbert (High Sheriff in 1808) died without male issue in 1860, the estate passed to his nephew Colonel Cuthbert Ellison, then to the colonel's sister, Mary Ellison, in 1867 & finally, in 1870, to Ralph Carr of Dunston Hill, Gateshead & Hedgeley Hall, Northumberland. After this the house soon fell out of use as a residence. At the request of Cuthbert Ellison, from 1871, Ralph Carr was granted permission to style himself Carr-Ellison.
In 1886 the west wing and some outbuildings were converted by architect FR Wilson to use as a church for the new parish of St John the Evangelist and the rectory. The east wing served as an infirmary from 1897 until 1976, and then briefly as a masonic temple.
In 1999 new owners refurbished the dilapidated property and restored it to residential use.
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