A Grade II listed North East landmark that dates back to World War One has appeared on the property market for £500,000 and boasts history abound. 

The Tynemouth Watchtower in North Tyneside was built towards the end of World War One and established as a command tower for The Tyne Turrets, two guns situated at Seaton Delaval and South Shields that were taken from battle cruisers, to defend the coast from the approaching German enemy.

The Northern Echo: Tynemouth Watchtower with Tynemouth Priory in the distanceTynemouth Watchtower with Tynemouth Priory in the distance (Image: HIVE ESTATES)

Owned originally by the War Office, the seven-storey tower is one of the tallest of its kind and was extensively used during World War Two, playing a vital role in the UK’s defence as a strategic lookout.

The tower is engineered and built of reinforced steel and concrete and retains a distinctive character amidst its robust design.

The Northern Echo: Tynemouth Watchtower is seven storeys highTynemouth Watchtower is seven storeys high (Image: HIVE ESTATES)

Boasting three bedrooms, it has many notable features and offers a highly unique house with unparalleled views of the North East coastline for whoever buys it.

Michael Mortimer, managing director of Hive Estates, which is marketing the property, said: “It's not every day that you get to introduce such a unique and historical property to potential homeowners - we’re extremely excited to market this one.

The Northern Echo: A ground view of Tynemouth WatchtowerA ground view of Tynemouth Watchtower (Image: HIVE ESTATES)

“The Tynemouth Watchtower isn't just a house; it tells an important narrative and is part of the North East’s history in two world wars.

“For those looking to make a statement with their next property purchase, or simply seeking a home with character and history, the watch tower is an unmissable opportunity.”

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Following the Second World War, the tower was sold by the Ministry of Defence as a private residence in 1967.

It was sold again in 2000, and, now, 23 years later, it’s back on the market with Hive Estates.

The current selling price has been set at £500,000.