Tuesday, 25 September 2007


This is the lower part of the porch and tower of St Peter's Church which was built in AD 674. I chose this photo because it shows some Anglo Saxon stonework put there by Anglo Saxon hands over 1300 years ago.

The Venerable Bede (AD 672-735) was sent here as a 7 year old boy to train to be a monk and in AD 794 the monastery was attacked and set on fire by Viking raiders.

All that history and it's right on my doorstep.

It's still a fully functional church and a lot of my ancestors were baptised, married or buried from there.

3 comments:

Stuttf├│tur said...

Amazing.. I'm reading Bede's History at the moment - how cool to see this! You're lucky to be surrounded by all this history.

Sharon said...

what a coincidence! just for you I will try and get some more photos of the church and its surroundings

Bexstar* said...

Hi, I'm currently a student at the University of Sunderland. I study performing arts and one of the buildings that I work in is called Bede Tower, on Burden Road. After finding some old corridors in the building that are obviously forgotton about when decorating, I wondered what the building was before it became part of the university. All that i can find on the internet is that it is part of the university now and does not say when it became so. I was wondering, as you are looking into this Bede character, if you had any idea what the building was before. Any information would be useful!Thank you so much!

Bexstar*