Tynemouth Priory and Castle (3)

Posted: July 24, 2015 in History, Northumberland, Post medieval history, UK
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Tynemouth Priory and Castle from town

Tynemouth Priory and Castle from town

In the late 19th century the site was used for Army barracks, but this ceased when some of the blocks were destroyed by fire in 1936.

Tynemouth castle as an 19th century army barracks

Tynemouth castle as an 19th century army barracks

The site was again put to military use in World War I when a coastal battery command post was established on the headland and in World War II when a coastal defence battery was sited here.

WWII coastal battery

WWII coastal battery

WWII coastal battery casement stores (where shells and charges were stored (separately) for the battery above

WWII coastal battery casement stores (where shells and charges were stored (separately) for the battery above

The site was vacated by the Ministry of Defence in 1960, at which time they demolished most of the remaining 19th/ 20th century buildings on the site. In 1980 a new coastguard station was opened with in the ruins of the old Priory. However, this was short lived and it was closed again in 2001.

Coastguard building 1980=2001

Coastguard building 1980-2001

The site is now managed by English Heritage as a historical site.

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