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The home of Bede

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The chancel of St. Paul's church, Jarrow

St. Paul’s Church, Jarrow

The chancel of St. Paul’s Church in Jarrow is the oldest part of the building and is part of the original Anglo Saxon church dedicated in AD685. It formed part of the monastery that was home to The Venerable Bede. The monastery was originally part of a twin based Abbey under the orders of Benedict Biscop along with his monastery in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, founded a few years earlier in AD674.

Bede has been described as the foremost scholar in English history and at the time of their foundation, the monasteries were reputed to have been the only centre of learning in Europe north of Rome. The library Benedict had created on his travels to Rome and then given to the monastery made it the cradle not only of English art but of English literature – Jarrow is where the Venerable Bede received his early education under Ceolfrith’s patronage and lived, wrote and died as a monk. By his death Bede had established himself as England’s leading scriptural and historical authority, and was to have a vital post-mortem influence on the fortunes of the monastery. Bede’s writings, most importantly his Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum would become so popular in the 8th century that they not only assured the reputation of the houses, but influenced the development of Wearmouth-Jarrow’s distinctive insular minuscule script, developed to increase the speed of book production.

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Written by curly

June 1, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. You’ve got some good colour balance here:)

    Aigars

    June 1, 2007 at 4:13 am

  2. A great photo; I like it very much. The orange carpet is leading right into the photo. There is a strange contrast between the old stones and the already Gothic windows.

    April

    June 1, 2007 at 6:17 pm

  3. What a beautiful chancel and a superb photograph. The atmosphere and the age are almost tangible.
    I left a message for you on Monte Carlo DP.

    Jilly

    June 1, 2007 at 6:44 pm

  4. Tres belle photo, on a l’impression de voir une de ces vieilles cartes postales colorĂ©es. Bon Weekend


    Very beautiful photograph, one has the impression to see one of these old coloured postcards. Good Weekend

    Olivier

    June 1, 2007 at 7:19 pm

  5. I visited StPauls last year, I had never been to Jarrow before, my mother was born there in 1918 and her mother died in childbirth but they were different days.
    I enjoy looking at your pictures of your area

    Dave Whalley

    June 17, 2007 at 6:02 pm


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