The Governors Tree

On the traditional border between North Shields and Tynemouth, there is a tree. A plaque alongside was stolen some years ago, but has now been replaced at long last.
The plaque reads: Site of the Governor’s tree where important visitors to Tynemouth were met as they disembarked in Powe Burn. These visitors included King Charles I in 1663 and King Henry VIII’s commissioners, when they came to dispossess the monks of Tynemouth Priory in 1539.

It is difficult to visualize that the Powe Burn extended from the river into what is now Northumberland Park, because it was extensively filled-in to provide both a main road and a railway line.           More like this on

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