Tynemouth Priory has a long history but in brief , it was was founded early in the 7th century, destroyed by the Danes in 875, refounded in 1090 by Robert de Mowbray Earl of Northumberland . In 1110 a new church was completed on the site. In 1538 the monastery was disbanded by Robert Blakeney, the last prior of Tynemouth. At that time, apart from the prior, there were fifteen monks and three novices in residence. The priory and its attached lands were taken over by by King Henry VIII . The monastic buildings were dismantled leaving the ruins you can see today.