NZ3769 : Tynemouth Priory, Prior's Hall Interior

taken 7 years ago, near to Tynemouth, North Tyneside, Great Britain

Tynemouth Priory, Prior's Hall Interior
Tynemouth Priory, Prior's Hall Interior
The Prior's Hall (NZ3769 : Tynemouth Priory, The Prior's Hall) houses historical relics/artefacts collected from the priory site. The two stone effigies at the back, date from the 13th century. They would once have lain over graves, commemorating two important women buried in Tynemouth Priory grounds; probably patrons of the priory.
Tynemouth Castle and Priory
Tynemouth Castle and Priory, located on a rocky headland of Pen Bal Crag, overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, was once one of the largest fortified areas in England.

The moated castle-towers, gatehouse and keep are combined with the ruins of the Benedictine priory where early kings of Northumbria were buried.

A monastery lay on this headland by the mid 7th Century and following plunder by the Danes in the ninth century the headland was fortified by Tostig, Earl of Northumberland. In 1296 Edward I granted the prior and convent a formal licence to crenellate (LinkExternal link ) and it was considered by Edward III to be one of the strongest fortresses of the Marches.
Much of the castle was demolished in 1665 by the then Governor, Colonel Edward Villiers, to build a new barracks, a lighthouse and a house for himself. By 1681 the castle had decayed and only had a “slender garrison”. It remained manned until the 20th century when it was handed over from the War Office for preservation.

More recently the site has hosted the modern buildings of Her Majesty's Coastguard. However the new coastguard station, built in 1980 and opened by Prince Charles, was closed in 2001.

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Date Taken
Monday, 20 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Monday, 27 June, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3733 6933 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:1.0274N 1:25.0638W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3732 6933
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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13th Century  Stone Effigies  Carved Figures  Gravestones  Mediaeval  Medieval  Priory  English Heritage 

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