Friday, 1 May 2009

Tynemouth Priory and Castle

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This was the site of a 7th-century Anglian monastery and burial place of Saint Oswin, King of Northumbria. The present Benedictine priory was built around 1200. The walls surrounding the site are beleived to have begun by King Edward I in 1296; they were later strengthened in the 15th century. The fortress housed gun batteries during both World wars to defend the mouth of the River Tyne. One of the guns can be seen in this photo.

6 comments:

  1. I think you are correct, one of the guns really can be seen here! This is a very cool shot.

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  2. I love your blog, and getting a glimpse of the beauty and history of your area! Thanks for visiting mine. "Color" or "colour," you are always welcome! :)

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  3. I love the persepective here

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  4. Steffe, tapirgal & Hyde; thanks for your kind comments

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  5. Is this thing "armed and dangerous?!" Groovy shot! I just discovered your blog - great snaps! Kind regards from EAGAN daily photo in Minnesota, USA

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  6. Leif

    it was 'armed and dangerous' 65-70 years ago, but thanksfully the German navy stayed away; the Luftwaffe didn't though; kind regards, Charles

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