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Ruins of Tynemouth Priory


N Tyneside

Tynemouth Priory



Religious Ritual and Funerary

Religious House

Benedictine Priory



Ruined Building

The history and architectural phasing of this monastery are somewhat obscure. Between 1074-1083/5 it is recorded that the church was served by Durham monks; and c.1089 it became a cell of St. Albans. It was dissolved in 1539 but the nave continued to be used as a parish church until the Civil War, but by 1650 it was "quite ruined". The associated parish burial ground was in use from the beginning of the 17th century to the 19th century. Substantial remains of church survive from work carried out in several periods: notably, c.1090-1110, late 12th century, c.1220, c.1336, end 14th-early 15th century and mid-15th century. Of claustral buildings, outline of late 14th-early 15th century east range survives; but little of the south and west ranges. Domestic and farm buildings to the west and north of the church and cloister are known from a 16th century plan, and from excavations.




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