Roman and Mediaeval History, Illlustrated Travel Journals, Mediaeval Literature, Geology


13.12.09
  Leaving Newcastle

Another photo post, because life keeps getting in the way of blogging.

The most comfortable way to get to Scotland is to take the Amsterdam / Newcastle ferry, and I've crossed into the harbour of Newcastle several times - always with the camera ready.

Remains of Tynemouth Castle (left) and Priory (right)

A shot of the remains of Tynemouth Castle and Priory (which I had visited the same morning by sunshine). Queen Isabella stayed at Tynemouth Priory while her husband Edward II fought the Scots - definitely a more comfortable and better defended place than a military camp.

Tynemouth Priory and WW2 fortifications

Another angle of the priory, this one with WW2 flak batteries to the right. The strategically important headland at the entrance to the Tyne river has been settled since the Iron Age. It later was occupied by a Norman castle of which some remains are left, and on the other side lies the Roman fort Arbeia.

Sunrays over Tynemouth Lighthouse

The sky had been cloudy in the afternoon, but when the ferry left Newcastle, some sunrays broke through and sparkled on the water like a farewell.

Sunset on the North Sea

Another pretty sunset. The light is a bit softer on the North Sea, not so brilliant as with some sunsets at the west coast. The sea was calm on the way back, but during the journey to Newcastle there had been a storm that made even the big ferry roll a bit. I don't mind that, though.

Tynemouth Castle

This last photo with the pretty sunshine was taken in 2007 on the way to the Hadrian's Wall. It's another take of the castle and part of the priory.
 
Comments:
Great to see Tynemouth Priory! Well, I have a feeling I went there, many years ago, but couldn't remember what it looked like. ;)
 
Gabriele, you have a genius eye.
 
Love the pictures!
 
Alianore, I've seen it close up, so there are more pics on my hard drive. With sunshine.:)

Thank you, Bernita and Susan.
 
Great pictures. Tynemouth Priory looks very evocative with the gaunt ruins silhouetted against the sky
 
My daughter went to Tynemouth Priory and Castle earlier in the year with Plantagenet Society, lucky thing! I would love to see it, but your pics are the next best thing at least!
 
Thank you, Carla and Lady D.

Maybe I'll find time during the holidays to get up a post about Tynemouth Priory - one with more than just a few photos. :)
 
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The Lost Fort is a blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK and other places, with essays on Roman and Mediaeval history illustrated with lots of photos of old castles, cathedrals, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes. You may also find the odd essay about geology or Mediaeval literature.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)


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