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Tynemouth Castle and Priory

Tynemouth Castle is located on a rocky headland (known as Pen Bal Crag), overlooking Tynemouth Pier. The moated castle-towers, gatehouse and keep are combined with the ruins of the Benedictine priory where early kings of Northumbria were buried. The coat of arms of the village of Tynemouth includes three crowns commemorating the tradition that the Priory had been the burial place for three kings.


Origins of the Priory

Little is known of the early history of the site. Some Roman stones have been found there, but there is no definite evidence that it was occupied by the Romans. The Priory was founded early in the 7th century, perhaps by Edwin of Northumbria.

In 651 Oswin, king of Deira was murdered by the soldiers of King Oswiu of Bernicia, and subsequently his body was brought to Tynemouth for burial. He became St Oswin and his burial place became a shrine visited by pilgrims. He was the first of the three kings buried at Tynemouth.

In 792 Osred who had been king of Northumbria from 789 to 790 and then deposed, was murdered. He also was buried at Tynemouth Priory. Osred was the second of the three kings buried at Tynemouth.



The castle

It is believed that at the time of Robert Mowbray's capture in 1095 there was a castle on the site consisting of earthen ramparts and a wooden stockade. In 1296 the prior of Tynemouth was granted royal permission to surround the monastery with walls of stone, which he did. In 1390 a gatehouse and barbican were added on the landward side of the castle. Much remains of the priory structure as well as the castle gatehouse and walls which are 3200 feet (975 m) in length.

Descriptions above have been harvested from Tynemouth Castle and Priory - Wikipedia which has more information on the history of the castle and priory.



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Tynemouth Castle and Priory


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Tynemouth Castle and Priory


Video clip of The Tynemouth Priory and Castle from YouTube user Frank Gillings




See also:
Tynemouth Metro station
Tynemouth Seafront
Tynemouth
Tynemouth - The Collingwood Monument






1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello from Spain - and just want to say enjoying looking at this wonderful corner of England in my office. I am lookingg forward to my next visit but in the meantime, a word of thanks for your efforts on this site.

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