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Back in August Sophie got given a Murder Mystery leaflet about Tynemouth.  It involved following clues that would give you a persons name, or something that could be used as a weapon, eliminating the ones we found to be left with the name of the murderer and weapon used.  We had to walk all around Tynemouth to find the clues, took pictures along the way and solved the mystery.  It took us all day and we learned some history too.

Tynemouth’s history dates back to an Iron Age settlement and its strategic position on a headland over-looking the mouth of the Tyne continued to be important through to the Second World War. Its historic buildings, dramatic views and award-winning beaches attract visitors from around the world. The heart of the town, known by residents as “The village”, has popular coffee-shops, pubs and restaurants. It is a prosperous area with comparatively expensive housing stock, ranging from Georgian terraces to Victorian ship-owners’ houses to 1960s “executive homes”.

The clues

We took the metro to get to Tynemouth and there’s always a flea market there on a Sunday, but decided to defer shopping until we’d finished the mystery. We set off looking for our first clue but I couldn’t resist a shot of these pampered pooches on the way out of the station.

then on to our clues..

The former King’s School was named in reference to the three ancient kings buried at Tynemouth Priory: Oswin, Osred and Malcolm III. Its most famous old boy is Stan Laurel, one half of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. Hollywood film director Sir Ridley Scott, and racing driver Jason Plato also attended the school.

also I took incidental shots as we trogged along

The clock tower and drinking fountain was built in 1861 by Oliver and Lamb. Made from polychrome brick and ashlar with lead roofs in the venetian Gothic style. It’s a Grade 2 listed building.

The headland towering over the mouth of the Tyne has been settled since the Iron Age. The Romans occupied it. In the 7th century a monastery was built there and later fortified. The headland was known as PEN BAL CRAG, the place where now stands the Monastery of Tynemouth was anciently called Benebalcrag by the Saxons.
The monastery was sacked by the Danes in 800, rebuilt, and destroyed again in 875, but by 1083 it was again operational.       Three kings are reputed to have been buried within the monastery: Oswin, King of Deira (651); Osred II, King of Northumbria (792); and, for a time, Malcolm III, King of Scots (1093). Three crowns still adorn the North Tyneside coat of arms.   The queens of Edward I and Edward II stayed in the Castle and Priory while their husbands were campaigning in Scotland. King Edward III considered it to be one of the strongest castles in the Northern Marches. After the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, Edward II fled from Tynemouth by ship.

A few more ‘parts’ yet to come for this report, stay tooned 🙂

(info from wiki)

30 comments on “Fraggle Report~ Tynemouth Murder Mystery Tour~part 1~ August 2016

  1. beetleypete says:

    Great shots, FR. All adding up to an enjoyable tour of the area.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Cheers Pete 🙂


  2. enmanscamera says:

    Good stuff…I am staying tooned.

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  3. vinnieh says:

    Murder mystery tour, count me in!

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  4. What a wonderful way to get to look around a town – I am excited to see more!

    (Also, Schooner has a stroller like that – does that make him pampered? Nevermind, I think I know the answer to the question.)

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    1. Hahahaha can’t believe he lets you push him round in a stroller!!

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      1. He loves it! We haven’t gotten to use it much, so he hasn’t been on a real walk, just some pushes up and down the driveway. He has sat outside with us, and he just looks around like he can’t believe (1) how awesome it is, and (2) how terrifying it is. He really doesn’t know what to make of the great outdoors yet.

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        1. Aw, next time take pics!

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          1. I will! I can’t believe I haven’t already – I mean, I take pictures of everything else around here we do with them.

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  5. You post reminds me of a old band called Lindisfarne that had a hit called Fog on the Tyne. As always you have captured some beautiful images that shows the atmosphere of Tynemouth.

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    1. Lindifarne are still going strong 😊 cheers Otto.

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  6. kmSalvatore says:

    oh Fraggy, how am I ever going to visit all of these wonderful places.. we’d have to stay a month at least.. getting worried the American tourist will never leave:)))
    seriously ..I love that you started this in mono.. and I adore all of these, I wanna b there now!!!!!

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    1. Come on over, it’s a lovely day here 🙂

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        1. 🙂 look forward to the day!

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          1. kmSalvatore says:

            Hopefully soon, no one to take care of the Felines for any length of time … but they are 17 and 19

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          2. Yes now Skye has gone, we can have holidays again, though would rather she was not gone! :/

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          3. kmSalvatore says:

            I know 😥, her time was too short. And I’ll miss mine very very much… but… Dave and are ready to do long holidays

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          4. good, well put us first on the list 🙂

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          5. kmSalvatore says:

            Oh You ARE;)

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          6. kmSalvatore says:

            At the top of that list

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          7. cool, it’ll be fab!

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  7. Wow…thats a great idea!….and beautiful shots as always…you always make me want to go to these places 🙂

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    1. Haha I think that when you post your shots of Connemara and such. 🙂 Cheers Clare

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  8. steviegill says:

    Nice history and pics. Was it Colonel Mustard in the ballroom with the candle stick?

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