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Tynemouth is a village located at the mouth of the River Tyne on the North-East coast of England, 6 miles from the centre of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne.
It has stunning beaches permitting a wide range of water sports, including surfing, sailing, wind surfing, jetski, sub-aqua, swimming and canoeing.

Prominent on the headland overlooking the river are the Tynemouth Priory and Castle, dating back to the 11th Century. The village itself is now a conservation area mostly comprised of buildings from the 18th and 19th century.

This is my local every week either out for a walk or for a drink and eats, after 40 years still enjoying the changes, the people, and the crack.

Tynemouth Priory

It is thought that a wooden chapel was built on this land by Edwin the great king of Northumbria about 627 a.d. This was replaced by a stone church during the reign of Oswald.

In 875 a.d. the Viking raiders completely destroyed Tynemouth Abbey, murdering the nuns and burning to death the monks who took shelter in a little church dedicated to St. Cuthbert.

For almost 200 years there was no monastic life. It was not until Norman times that monks began to return and rebuild. In 1090, under the protection of Robert de Mowbray, Earl of Northumberland, Benedictine monks from St. Alban's settled at Tynemouth and began to make improvements.

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  • Last visit to Tynemouth: Mar 2011
  • Intro Updated Nov 21, 2011
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