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Good Morning Everyone,

Here, you see the ruins of Tynemouth Priory. They stand high on the headland with views out over the North Sea.
The priory was built in the early 7th century by Edwin of Northumbria and it became a place of pilgrimage when Oswin, King of Deira was buried there.

The Priory was plundered by the Danes in 800 a.d., resulting in fortifications being added, which temporarily deterred the Danes. However, by 865, the Danes totally destroyed he Priory.

In 1096 a wooden castle was surrounding the Priory and in 1296 permission was granted to surround the Priory with stone walls and, later, a barbican and gatehouse.

During the reign of Henry VIII the Priory was dissolved and along with the land was donated to Sir Thomas Hilton.

In the following years the castle was used as the site for a lighthouse, an army barracks and a coastal defence during World War II. The castle and priory are now under the care of English Heritage.

The impressive ruin is in a great location and well worth a visit.

I wish you a happy day, Bev :-)

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