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.