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Good Morning Everyone,

I have never taken a photograph with such stealth as when I took this one.

I was exploring the gatehouse of Tynemouth Castle with an intention of photographing the ruined priory from above. Imagine my surprise when I was able to get a real bird's eye view!

I tried to steady the camera, arms tucked in tight, without making a noise and voila ... a true bird's eye view!

This bird has quite an ancient home! The gatehouse was constructed in 1390 and is a powerful gatehouse keep with a barbican in front.

It consists of an oblong tower with a projecting barbican like Alnwick and Prudhoe. The entrance through
the barbican was by a vaulted passage protected by a portcullis and gate flanked by towers whose basements were used as guard rooms.
The open court further on was originally a drawbridge pit separating the barbican from the Gatehouse. A second vaulted passage with guardrooms at the side passes under the Gatehouse,

On the first floor of the Gatehouse is the magnificent Great Hall, with a wide fireplace, lighted on all sides by windows since modernised.
Adjoining is the kitchen with its wide fireplace and huge oven. Above the Great Hall is the Great Chamber.

A place well worth a visit from historians and photographers.

Thank you for your interest. Have a great day, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2984 W: 204 N: 6754] (27035)
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