"Sheriff Hill is a large straggling village in the Gateshead Fell parish, two miles south of the town, and derives its name form the ancient custom of the sheriff of Newcastle meeting the judges coming to that town. It was customary for the sheriff to go as far as Sheriff Hill with his retinue till late in the last century, after which he "halted at a public-house, known as the sign of the Cannon." From the lofty height near the church of St. John, a most charming, and perhaps the finest view in the north is obtained, embracing an extended stretch of the Tyne valley, with the thickly wooded heights of Ravensworth, and undulating hills beyond to the west. The distant southern view extends as far as Durham, with Chester-le-Street intervening, and to north and east it commands views of Newcastle and the sea. There are many fine residences in and around this district, which possesses fine and well kept grounds, adding much to the aspect of the place. In the eastern portion, many of the houses are in a ruinous state, whilst others have entirely disappeared.
"Redheugh, which is now a thickly populated district near the Teams, was the name of a handsome mansion, situated within its well-wooded grounds till the early years of this century."
[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]