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Tynemouth Priory and Castle (iii)

Outbuildings looking back towards Castle:-

Tynemouth Castle Outbuilding

Outbuildings as seen from east:-

Ruins at Tynemouth  Castle and Priory


Tynemouth Priory Ruins

The prominence on which the Castle and Priory stand made it an ideal point to place military defences.

Remains of World War 2 gun emplacements:-

Tynemouth  Castle, Tyne and Wear

World War 2 artillery piece on wall beyond old graves:-

Tynemouth Castle and Priory Fortification

The gun itself:-

Tynemouth  Castle and Priory Artillery Piece

Tynemouth Priory and Castle (ii)

We visited Tynemouth again in December 2019 and this time had a look round the Castle and Priory.

Priory ruins from entrance:-

Tynemouth Priory

Tynemouth Castle (entrance to complex) looking back from Priory:-

Tynemouth  Castle

Main structure of Priory:-

Tynemouth  Castle

Tynemouth Priory Ruins

More ruins:-

Tynemouth  Castle  and Priory, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear

Ruins, Tynemouth Priory

From seaward side:-

Tynemouth  Castle, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear

Stained glass window on small chapel:-

Stained Glass Window at Tynemouth Priory

The chapel feels quite cosy inside. Stained glass window:-

Tynemouth  Castle, stained glass, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear

More stained glass:-

Tynemouth  Castle, Tynemoth, Tyne and Wear

Tynemouth Priory and Castle (i)

Tynemouth Priory and Castle are the most prominent (former) buildings in Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear.

It stands on a promontory overlooking the mouth of the River Tyne:-

Tynemouth Priory

On our first visit, in June 2019, we did not enter the premises.

Tynemouth Castle as seen from Tynemouth town. The Priory is unseen behind the castle in this view:-

Tynemouth Priory, from Tynemouth

From northwest, Priory to left:-

Tynemouth Priory from Northwest

Castle Campbell

Castle Campbell lies in the hills above Dollar, Clackmannanshire, at the top of Dollar Glen. We visited it in October 2019.

The road leading up to it is quite narrow and the car park is a shortish walk away from the castle itself.

It wasn’t busy the day we went but it may be more so in summer.

Castle Campbell from path:-

Castle Campbell, Dollar from Path

Part of castle (with loggia):-

Castle Campbell, Dollar, Scotland

Information board in courtyard:-

Info Board, Castle Campbell

Former Great Hall:-

Castle Campbell, great hall, Dollar, Scotland

Castle gable:-

Gable, Castle Campbell, Dollar

Doorway from courtyard to grounds:-

Doorway, Castle Campbell, Dollar

Castle from grounds below:-

Castle Campbell, Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

Castle Campbell, Dollar

A vaulted ceiling:-

Vaulted Ceiling, Castle Campbell, Dollar

This ceiling has two carvings of faces that look a bit like the Green Man. There are holes at the mouths and it’s thought that lamps probably hung from there:-

Castle Campbell, ceiling face carvings

Part of roof:-

Part of Roof, Castle Campbell, Dollar

Information board on the history of the Campbell family:-

Castle Campbell Information Board

View down to Dollar and the valley of the River Forth beyond:-

view from Castle Campbell, Dollar, Scotland

Ashby de la Zouch Castle (ii)

Castle from its grounds:-

Ashby Castle, Leicestershire

Main tower block:-

Ashby Castle, Leicestershire,

Apparently this is William Lord Hastings’s tower:-

Ashby de la Zouch Castle Information Board

We climbed it. All 23 metres of it via 96 fairly steep steps. Knackering. This is a video of the panorama from the top. (All through our visit those church bells were ringing. It was a Saturday – the bell-ringers must have been practicing):-

Panorama From Tower Ashby de la Zouch

Formal Gardens information board. There was no way to avoid my shadow on it!:-

Shaded Information Board, Ashby de la Zouch Castle

This tower was in one corner of the grounds:-

Corner Tower, Ashby de la Zouch Castle

In its heyday the castle was a centre for “noble” sports:-

Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Information Board

This nearby field is said to be the jousting ground where Walter Scott set his tournament in Ivanhoe:-

Ashby Castle Jousting Grounds (ivanhoe)

Ashby de la Zouch Castle (i)

We had no idea before we went that Ashby de la Zouch had an old ruined castle, but as we were doing the detour round the town required by the street fair blocking the main road we saw a sign pointing to it.

As old castles go it’s one of the better ones.

From entrance:-

Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Welcome Board:-

Ashby Castle Board

First building:-

Castle, Ashby de la Zouch

Ashby Castle

Further portion:-

Part of Castle, Ashby de la Zouch

Picture window:-

Ashby de la Zouch, Part of Castle

The fireplace on the left wall has the remains of shields on it:-

Fireplace, Ashby de la Zouch Castle


Ashby de la Zouch, Castle Interior

The castle was demolished as the result of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms:-

Information Board, Ashby de la Zouch Castle

View From Ypres Tower, Rye, East Sussex

From the top of Ypres Tower (Rye Castle) there is a view across the River Rother – into which the River Tillingham flows just by the Tower – out to the sea. As seen in this photo.

View from Ypres Tower, Rye

Turning left to look east the building in the foreground below used to be a Women’s Prison:-

view from Ypres Tower (Women's prison), Rye, East Sussex

The Ypres Castle Inn also lies just below the Tower:-

Ypres Castle Inn, Rye, East Sussex

I mentioned before that Ypres Tower is a museum. As well as containing exhibits relating to the history of Rye – including a relief map showing how the sea used to lap around the town in Roman Times and its gradual retreat thereafter – there is a broadsword from which part of the Cross of Sacrifice in British War Cemeteries was modelled by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Original Cross of Sacrifice in Ypres Tower, Rye

Rye, East Sussex

Rye has a long history. It was once a seaport but the sea has long retreated/silted up.

The older part of the town lies on a hill above the coastal plain. One of the approaches still retains the ancient Landgate:-

Landgate, Rye

Closer view:-

Rye Gates, East Sussex

View down towards gate from higher up the hill:-

The Landgate, Rye, East Sussex

Another very old building is the Ypres Tower/Rye Castle which now houses a museum. The tower has nothing to do with the Belgian town of the same name. It once belonged to a cloth merchant, Jean d’Ypres, and the name has stuck.

Ypres Tower, Rye, East Sussex

Ypres Tower, Rye

Ypres Tower, Rye, East Sussex

There is an old pair of stocks still standing just outside the east end of the Tower:-

Ypres Tower , (stocks), Rye, East Sussex

Tolquhon Castle

On the way up to Peterhead we also stopped at Tolquhon Castle near Ellon in Aberdeenshire. The access road is quite narrow but still fine. The castle itself is fairly typical but has an impressive entranceway.

Tolquhon Castle, Aberdeenshire

Tolquhon Castle, Aberdeenshire

Tolquhon Castle Entrance

Castle Information Board showing how it looked back in the day:-

Tolquhon Castle Information Board

Castle courtyard:-

Tolquhon Castle Courtyard

Information diagram:-

Tolquhon Castle, Diagram

Entrance from above:-

Tolquhon Castle Entrance from Above

Courtyard from above entrance:-

Tolquhon Castle, Courtyard from above Entrance


Fireplace, Tolquhon Castle

Part of interior (with another fireplace):-

Tolquhon Castle Interior

Window and window seat:-

Tolquhon Castle Window and Window Seat

Courtyard from above looking back towards entrance:-

Tolquhon Castle, Aberdeenshire

Steps up to solar:-

Tolquhon Castle, Aberdeenshire

Methven and Methven Castle

Methven is a village directly west of Perth, Perth and Kinross. It was the site of a small battle during the Scottish Wars of Independence but the exact location is uncertain, though there is a signpost on the main road pointing in its direction.

Methven Kirk and Graveyard:-

Methven Kirk and Graveyard

Lynedoch Mausoleum is a small building in the kirkyard:-

Lynedoch Mausoleum (by Methven Kirk)

Methven Castle is a seventeenth century house to the east of the village and is privately owned but can be seen from the road:-

Methven Castle, Perth and Kinross

Methven Castle in its landscape:-

Methven Castle, Perth and Kinross, in its Landscape

Methven Castle and Outbuilding

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