Friday, August 22, 2008

Tynemouth Castle and Priory, then and now

I found this air photo of Tynemouth Castle and Priory (dated 1927) down at the Local Studies Centre while sheltering from yet more they weren't QUITE so keen on maintaining the country's historic fabric in those days, just look at that abomination built round the front door! For reference, here's an aerial shot from today (from a completely different angle but the best I could find)

LATER....Re the gatehouse, found this at the Tynetown Gallery

"The Banks and Castle Tynemouth, c. 1915
In the background to the left of this photo can be seen Tynemouth Castle gatehouse with a brick built office block covering the original castle structure, it was built by the War Office in 1783. It caught fire in 1936 and was demolished restoring the gatehouse to it's former appearance."

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