Tynemouth - Fish Quay History

Tynemouth

The picturesque village of Tynemouth stands at the mouth of the River Tyne a mile or so from the Fish Quay with the magnificent Priory and Castle dominating the headland.

A religious site has existed at the headland since the 7th Century when an Anglian monastery, burial place of St Oswin, was founded. The present Benedictine Priory was founded in the 11th Century. The castle dates from the 12th Century and it was strengthened some 300 years later. The site, long considered a fortress, played a role as a coastal defence up until the Second World War.

Tynemouth has two stunning award winning beaches, the magnificent Longsands and the smaller King Edward's Bay. Tynemouth Longsands sweeps majestically round the coastline and is popular with visitors for a number of recreational activities whether it be a stroll along the beach, enjoying the summer sunshine or to take part in watersports. King Edward's Bay is more secluded and nestles under the cliffs by Tynemouth Priory and Castle.

The focal point of the village is the late Georgian Classical Front Street with its many antique shops, cafes and pubs. The station, a fine example of a Victorian era railway station, has weekend markets and book fairs throughout the year.

Overlooking the mouth of the Tyne stand two important reminders of local maritime history. The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House charts the history of the world's first volunteer life brigade, still in active service today. Collingwood Monument was erected in memory of Lord Cuthbert Collingwood who took over from Lord Nelson following his death at the Battle of Trafalgar.

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