…at Tynemouth priory and Castle.

6 Inch Gun

Because of their strategic position commanding the approaches to the river mouth, the artillery defences of Tynemouth remained in use between the mid-16th and mid-20th centuries. Like all English coastal defences, they were not always adequately armed, supplied or manned, being made ready or updated only when conflict was imminent.

From about 1881, however, Tynemouth was redeveloped as part of a modernized system of coastal defences to protect the Tyne and its approaches. A line of gun positions, constructed between 1891 and 1905, remains at the tip of the headland. These were manned for defence and training until the new science of guided rocketry brought an end to all coastal artillery in the British Army in 1956.*

Boys and their Toys

Gun Batteries

*From the Tynemouth Priory and Castle English Heritage Guidebook.

8 Comments CherryPie on Nov 9th 2013

8 Responses to “Gun Batteries…”

  1. JD says:

    Is Mr C taking a pot-shot at a seagull there?

  2. JD says:

    …. on the other hand, has he become a Spanish mercenary?



    • CherryPie says:

      He is a bit of a Francophile… So maybe not ;-)

      But there again he has recently purchased some Spanish (miniatures) to add to his napoleonic collection…

  3. Ayush says:

    great view on the first shot, with the gun and the lone standing wall.

  4. J_on_tour says:

    Interesting how the site has had a mix of use with its history.