Tynemouth Priory & Castle

We packed our bags, had breakfast and checked out of the hotel before setting off for Tynemouth in glorious sunshine.  We enjoyed a short walk around the Spanish Battery and the towering Collingwood monument before visiting Tynemouth Priory & Castle.  The site contains interesting history including gun batteries that were used in the first and second world wars and a former coast guard station (not open to the public).  It was all very photogenic.

After the visit we strolled into town and had lunch in a bakery tea room which was sadly due to close down the following week and be turned into a Fish and Chip shop.  After lunch we left Tynemouth, following the coastal route towards Alnwick where we stopped briefly to visit Barter Books.  Some things just have to be done ;-)

After a purchase or two we resumed our journey to the Coach House at Crookham.  It was lovely to see Leona again and the place still feels like home from home.  We dined in as we always do when we visit; the food is so good and there are always interesting people to talk to so there is no reason to look elsewhere.

View from Room Two

16 Comments CherryPie on Sep 19th 2013

16 Responses to “Newcastle & Crookham – Day Four”

  1. ....peter:) says:

    Day four sounds like another wonderful day Cherie… i love your image of the ruins and the cemetery… great composition….peter:)

  2. Ayush says:

    i like the first shot. great view point and the colours came out nicely

    • CherryPie says:

      I was lucky with the sky in the first shot.

      I have many different view points of the second shot. Taken over many years and with differing lighting.

  3. james higham says:

    My goodness you know how to compose the shots, don’t you, Cherie?

  4. CrashRyan says:

    amazing architecture …. cool contrast between the very, very old and the new

  5. Amfortas says:

    There are times when I miss the modest towns and villages of England with their histories going deep and wide like roots. The stark beauty of a ‘ruin’ is a heady spice which cannot even be imported to Oz on a schooner from across the oceans. A nation can only make its own history.

    • CherryPie says:

      Where we stayed on the second part of our holiday there was a group of Australians staying. They were enjoying the history of the surrounding area and I was so enthusiastic about Cragside they decided to go. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I do.

      The reason they were in that part of the country is because it was the 500th anniversary of The Battle of Flodden. The place we were staying is just under a couple of miles from the battle field.

  6. Natalie says:

    Quite the amazing juxtaposition of old and new in that first photo!

  7. J_on_tour says:

    Lovely title photo that most people don’t get the chance to see.
    Crookham & Newcastle … worlds apart in every way.
    I passed Roy’s Bakery recently albeit late at night and had no idea that it was going to close. The tea room was done out a few years ago but the food remained standard as to what was available in the shop. Apparently the main baker is retiring & other business is being transferred to a shop in Whitley Bay I’ve taken visitors to the area here before although No 61 across the road might be the new place to go. Tynemouth has a nice feel about it. I’ve a photoshoot up my sleeve of Barter Books at some point, not sure when yet.

    • CherryPie says:

      The shop certainly made very good sandwiches :-)

      You should be able to get some interesting shots in Barter Books. I always mean to take a few photos but I always get sidetracked by the books!!

  8. Shame that cemetery is not open to the public…