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Archibald Reed, 1766 - 1842. Mayor of Newcastle for six terms

North West cemetery 

The huge gothic memorial is now virtually swallowed up by Ivy.It was designed by John Dobson for Archibald Reed whose family came from around Bellingham and the River Rede area.

He was said to have been born at Chipchase castle in 1766.

Educated at the Newcastle Grammar School he took an apprenticeship as a mercer and then set up as a woollen draper in Sandhill around 1790. He then became Mayor of the City for six separate terms and entertained the Duke of Wellington in the Mansion house and then at a Ball in the Assembly rooms.

He died in Leazes Terrace and there is a wall memorial on St Nicholas's Cathedral. His tomb was constructed in 1843 and is basically a two stage tower with pinnacled diagonal buttresses and an octagonal spire. The slab on the west side marks the entrance to the vault. The tomb is now a listed building.

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