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Following on from visiting Bede’s Museum and the Anglo~Saxon farm and village  Sophie and I walked down the road to visit St.Pauls Church and Monastery ruins.  The monastery site is under the care of English Heritage, but the church is still in use.

A bit more history 

St Paul’s Church and Monastery was built on land given by King Ecgfrith of Northumbria in AD681.It was founded by Benedict Biscop, who seven years ealier had built the church and monastery of St. Peter’s at Wearmouth (Sunderland).The chancel of St. Paul’s is the original Saxon church, built as a separate chapel and possibly dedicated to the Virgin Mary.A large basilica was built on the site of the present nave and dedicated on 23rd April AD685.The present nave and north aisle are the work of the Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott.The monastery to which the Venerable Bede came as a boy, thrived in the 7th and 8th centuries. It was here that Bede lived, worked and worshipped. His bones now lie in the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral. In AD794 the Vikings sacked the church and monastery.In 1074 the church was repaired and the monastery refounded by Aldwin, Prior of Winchcombe Abbey in Gloucestershire. The monastery then became a daughter house of the Benedictine Community at Durham.  At the Dissolution of the Monasteries, St. Paul’s became a Parish Church.

And English heritage have Kindly put up a plaque to show which bit of the church is which.

The Church wasn’t open, so we wandered the site of the Monastery ruins just behind where I stood to shoot the church. The monastery’s reputation had spread throughout Europe, chiefly because of the scholarly writings of the Venerable Bede. Bede entered St Peter’s in about 680 at the age of seven, and spent his life in the twin monastery of Wearmouth–Jarrow, which he described as ‘one monastery in two places’.

Unfortunately we were not alone,  two ladies (I use the term loosely and have deleted my original description) and their loud and (deleted) children were also enjoying the site, they on their smart phones, the children clambering over the ruins.

they didn’t seem to be going anytime soon so I took my shots with them in it as the light was going. I suppose they give it scale 😀

The River Don runs along the side of the Monastery, so we wandered down to the river to take a few shots before going home (and to escape the shouty brats)

and were lucky to find a bevy of swans on the river

and it was lovely and peaceful, until guess who turned up and started yelling and throwing sticks in the water, not at the birds at least, the swans and us  made a rapid exit and Sophie and I went home.

Over the past 3 posts I’ve used the following pages for reference

and there are extra photo’s from all 3 posts on my site HERE 

Hope you stay tooned for the next adventure when we’ll be visiting the Diwali Festival in Sunderland.




41 comments on “St.Pauls Church and Monastery~ November 2017

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    I love it that you also include a bit of history in these posts. Always enjoy reading about things that I did not yet know about.
    Ugh…sorry to hear about those “fun” people that were ruining the peace so to speak. Always hate it when that happens. I have had it happen in filmtheatres as well occasionally. Just constantly yapping throughout the film, looking at cells…so annoying. Still loved this post and the pictures were just gorgeous to look at 😀

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    1. I LOVE the same thing Michel!!! I always love seeing the beautiful photos and reading the history! So awesome!😄📸💖

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      1. raistlin0903 says:

        Totally agree, I love these posts and the pictures. Always glad to see a new one appear again. They are always interesting to read and the pictures for them are amazing 😊😊

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        1. Stop it you’ll have me blushing!! 🙂

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        2. Fraggle is pretty friggin awesome!😍 I told her before. She takes me on so many adventures from my bed!🙌🙌🙌

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          1. raistlin0903 says:

            She is for sure! The only regret I have is not finding out about her blog sooner😥😥 But completely agree, she is seriously awesome 😀😀😀

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          2. You guys!! y cheeks are red!

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          3. Awwww!😍 It’s all just the truth!💜😘

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  2. A mongrel church…I like it…Those shouty people are everywhere. And then theres the ones that pull intot a scenic spot in their cars and leave their radios blaring….same people I suppose. I think they are descended from Neanderthals and we are descended from the much classier Denisovans. Cant’ wait for Doolally! 😀

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    1. Thanks Missis, who’s this Dennis then? 🙂

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  3. beetleypete says:

    Some lovely light in these shots, FR.
    Shame about the ‘ladies’, and their ‘sweet children’. I think they also visit some of the places I go to. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. They get around Pete 🙂 Cheers!

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  4. In my mind, it doesn’t seem like anything still standing and in use would have been around long enough to have been sacked by Vikings.

    It’s fascinating to see the different ages of the parts of the church, right down to the Roman stones.

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    1. It is, I love these ancient churches, cheers Sarah.

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  5. Beautiful pictures despite the unruly visitors.😊

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  6. -N- says:

    Nothing like fellow human beings to destroy the peace . . . fascinating history!

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  7. April Munday says:

    The photos are lovely, even with the other ‘visitors’ in them. How wonderful to have so much left of a Saxon building.

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    1. I’m surprised at how many Anglo Saxon buildings are still about all over England, churches mainly but many still intact and in use!

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      1. April Munday says:

        I’m not aware of many. I think that’s probably because I’m more focused on later buildings.


  8. Jessica says:

    I too loved your descriptions of the lovely women and children you encountered among the ruins. I think I would have felt the same way… The swan pictures are exquisite. Can’t wait to read about the Diwali Festival. This is something I’d like to see in person, I think!

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    1. Cheers Jess, I suppose they were just being kids doing what kids do, and their mums just think it’s a nice place to take them, the historical reverence not a thing for them. I am too judgemental sometimes, as most humans are, but wish I wasn’t.

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  9. Another treat, Fraggle! I love looking at old buildings and ruins. Thanks for letting us come along with you. You slayed me with your description of the “ladies and children.” 😈 I’ve never been to a Diwali festival, so I’m looking forward to that too. Hugs on the wing!

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  10. enmanscamera says:

    As usual, I enjoyed the tour packed with your excellent photos frag.
    Thanks fragg…from the frozen, snow filled north.

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    1. Thanks N~Man 🙂 wrap up warm!

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  11. I just love these photographs Fraggle!!! Wow! Yo y really catch the essence of the environment! Such a talented lady!

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  12. lolabees says:

    What a beautifully sunny day! Great pictures. Looks like you made the best of having those “disrupters” (is that a word?) around.

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    1. Disrupters is definitely a word. Thanks Laura!

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  13. steviegill says:

    Were you on something of a Bede pilgrimage? Nice shots, shame the church was closed though.

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