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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.

LinkExternal link English Heritage
LinkExternal link - North of the Tyne
by David Dixon

Created: Sun, 26 Jun 2011, Updated: Sat, 9 Nov 2013


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NZ3869 : Tynemouth Pier by habiloid
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Castle by Stephen McKay
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Castle and Priory by habiloid
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Priory by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Priory by David Dixon
NZ3769 : King Edward's Bay at Tynemouth by Mat Fascione
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Castle by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Short Sands and Tynemouth Priory and Castle by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Priory, Chapel by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Prior's Haven, Tynemouth by habiloid
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Castle and Priory by habiloid
NZ3769 : Former Coastguard Station, Pen Bal Crag by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Priory Church, East Wall by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Castle and Priory seen from Tynemouth Pier by habiloid
NZ3769 : Stained Glass Window, Tynemouth Priory Chapel by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Priory Church by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Priory, The Prior's Hall by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Castle and Priory by Mat Fascione
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Priory Church by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Priory by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Priory and Castle by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Castle and Priory by habiloid
NZ3769 : Rose Window, Tynemouth Priory Chapel by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Tynemouth Priory by David Dixon
NZ3769 : Tymemouth Castle by David Dixon

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