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Tynemouth Castle and Priory

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Castle/palace

 

Name and address

Tynemouth Castle and Priory

GB-NE30 4DB North Tyneside

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Geodetic coordinates

55.017500 -1.418800

Elevation

31 m

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Tynemouth Castle
Tynemouth Castle
Tynemouth Castle and Priory
Tynemouth Castle and Priory
Tynemouth Priory Church
Tynemouth Priory Church

Tynemouth Castle is located on a rocky headland (known as Pen Bal Crag), overlooking Tynemouth Wikipedia Icon 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 town of Tynemouth still 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.[1] 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 II, who had been king of Northumbria from 789 to 790 and then deposed, was murdered. He also was buried at Tynemouth Priory.[1] Osred was the second of the three kings buried at Tynemouth. The third king to be buried at Tynemouth was Malcolm III, king of Scotland, who was killed at the Battle of Alnwick in 1093. The king's body was sent north for reburial, in the reign of his son Alexander I, at Dunfermline Abbey, or possibly Iona.

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. The promontory was originally completely enclosed by a curtain wall and towers, but the north and east walls fell into the sea, and most of the south wall was demolished; the west wall, the gatehouse and a section of the south wall (with original wall walk) remain in good condition.

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Nearby cycle routes and tours

Route nameTypeDist. to route

EuroVelo: North Sea Cycle Route - part Shetland to Harwich

Route

0,1 km

Shottland - Dover

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0,1 km

Cockermouth to Tynemouth

Route

0,2 km

Hadrian's Cycleway

Route

1,7 km

Added on 13 Dec 2020,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 13 Dec 2020