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Tynemouth Castle, post-medieval fortifications





Gun Emplacement

Post Medieval


Demolished Building

Tynemouth Castle continued in use as a military site after the Dissolution into modern times. The medieval buildings of the outer court were still used, though slowly disappearing, into the 18th century. The two principal phases and buildings in the post-medieval period were: first, 16th century reinforcement of the medieval castle walls, with provision of artillery platforms on stone-revetted earthworks (replacing the gatehouse walls) and gunports inserted the walls at various points. These features largely survive. Second, Col. Villiers, Governor, built a house between c.1672-76 which was later used as a military hospital, a lighthouse (1665), and possibly as barracks. These buildings seem to have been demolished at the end of the 19th century. SCHEDULED ANCIENT MONUMENT




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