Tynemouth Priory 70
Photographer: Thompson, Stephen
Medium: Photographic print
“The Priory of Tynemouth was founded in the early Saxon ages, nearly coeval with Whitby and Lindisfarne. It suffered the same ravages from the Danes, and once or twice was totally demolished and left for long years as a heap of ruins. Yet it rose, phoenix-like, from its ashes, and continued till the great era of Henry VIII., which put an end to the glories, abuses, benevolences and crimes, of all these magnificent mansions. Tanner, following Leland and Cressy, asserts that there was a religious house there in the very earliest ages of Christianity in these islands. It would seem to have been originally intended for nuns, and so continued to the time of St. Cuthbert.”
Excerpt from “Tynemouth Priory”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain and Ireland’ by William Howitt.