Tynemouth priory is located on a rocky headland known as Pen Bal Crag, and can be found six miles East of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Founded early in the 7th century, by Edwin of Northumbria.
In 651 Oswin, King of Deira was murdered by the soldiers of King Oswiu of Bernicia, and subsequently his body was brought to Tynemouth for burial.
He became St Oswin and his burial place became a shrine visited by pilgrims.
He was the first of the three Kings buried at Tynemouth.
In 792 Osred who had been King of Northumbria from 789 to 790 and then deposed, and was murdered.
He also was buried at Tynemouth Priory. Osred was the second of the three kings buried at Tynemouth.
In 800 the Danes plundered Tynemouth Priory.
Afterwards the Monks strengthened the fortifications sufficiently to prevent the Danes from succeeding when they attacked again in 832.
In 865 the Church and Monastery were destroyed by the Danes.
At the same time, the Nuns of St Hilda, who had come there for safety, were massacred.
The priory was again plundered by the Danes in 870.
It was destroyed by the Danes in 875.
I live only six miles from the Priory, and since my arrival , some 46yrs ago,
I have been drawn back, almost weekly to this fasinating place.
Whatever your diswation, Relegion, Colour or Creed, Tynemouth Priory will stay with you, even if you don’t take a picture.
To stand on the same ground and observe the same Sunrise from the same vantage point of ,Vikings, Saint’s and Kings, is indeed something I experiance almost daily. I have never taken for granted the horror, sacrifice or indeed the pleasure that this magnifisant, Monument of time stands for