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You know I do like a nice abbey ruin.  Tynemouth is in a spectacular place, on the headland overlooking the sea.  It shares the headland with the Castle ruins, and also with more modern gun batteries - used during the World Wars.  And an evil horrible 80s monstrosity of a building for the Coastguard.  Unbelievably, they built it right next to the Priory, then abandoned it 20 years later so now it stands as an empty memorial to modern building. 



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There's a surviving chapel - 15th century, although it has been restored by the Victorians. 

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Sunshine through stained glass:

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You can see the little chapel here attached to the ruined presbytery, and the graveyard was used by the town up to the early 19th century.  Aaaand... that 1980s monstrosity.

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Weathered gravestone:

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From the gun batteries, the entry to the Tyne:

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Not far away (a short drive through the Tyne Tunnel) is Souter Lighthouse - the first in the world powered by electricity.  This foghorn wasn't working, but all the time we were in Tynemouth there was a constant booming from another foghorn.  The fog was out at sea though the land was in sunshine. 

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Nesting cormorants on the cliff stacks at Marsden, and a few gulls.  The gulls had their own stack nearby.  No doubt they were hoping for an egg or two but the cormorants didn't seem bothered.  Perhaps they haven't started laying yet. 

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The sea was calm as a mill pond.

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Date: 2012-03-31 01:03 pm (UTC)
judo100: (Furry Potters)
From: [personal profile] judo100
Gorgeous, both inside and out.

Date: 2012-03-31 03:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gwendraith
That's an impressive ruin and an even more impressive graveyard! It's huge. The rose window in the chapel is lovely and blue, blue skies, how lovely, we have been blessed this past few days.

Date: 2012-04-01 03:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] biggelois
Oh dear, I can't pick a favourite. Maybe the first one, or the one with sunshine through glass, or the graveyard... You're not making it easy for me.
Gorgeous!

Date: 2012-04-12 09:30 pm (UTC)
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You were featured in the DW newsletter! Super cool!

Date: 2012-04-14 03:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fajrdrako
Beautiful photos! What a pleasure to see them. I too love an old priory... and also see a certain amusement factor in abandoned modern buildings.

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