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It is thought a monastery has existed on the northern promontory of Tynemouth at the mouth of the River Tyne since the 7th century. Despite attacks by the Danes it somehow managed to survive and was refounded around 1090 as a Benedictine priory by Robert de Mowbray, Earl of Northumberland. The Priory was dissolved in 1539 but its story continued because it was an important medieval fortress (see separate page about Tynemouth Castle - Gatehouse) Nothing of the Saxon church survives and very little of the Norman church built between 1090 and 1130. Much of what you see today dates from around 1990 onwards.

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Tynemouth Priory viewed through the gate of Tynemouth Castle.

 

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A general view of the ruins of Tynemouth Priory.

 

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View of Tynemouth Priory on the headland from the North Pier.

 

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A view of the Priory from Tynemouth Castle.

 

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The graveyard in Tynemouth Priory.

 

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Weathered gravestones at Tynemouth Priory.

 

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Some architectural magnificence can still be viewed at Tynemouth Priory.

 

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The Percy Chantry, a small vaulted chapel at the east end of the church.

 

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The stained glass windows in the Tynemouth Priory chantry chapel.

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Above and below: Some of the roof vaulting and roof bosses of the Percy Chapel of Tynemouth Priory.

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Some of the Romanesque curved arches from 1090 onwards.

 

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The entrance to the Percy Chantry chapel of Tynemouth Priory.

 

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Some surviving fragments and carvings from Tynemouth Priory.

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The North Pier viewed from Tynemouth Priory

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