Monday, 6 June 2011


Having reawoken an interest in the Saxon features of some local churches, we took the opportunity of staying with friends in Durham during Half Term to visit some of the most important Saxon churches. First, Escomb, one of only a handful of totally Saxon buildings, with its consecration cross inside and its sun dial (with beast and serpent) outside. Then the sites of the twin monasteries of St Paul at Jarrow with its statue of Bede and its modern urban setting, and St Peter at Wearmouth where more survives such as this doorway through which Bede would have walked).

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