South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

Bridging past and present

with 4 comments

Jarrow Bridge and St. Paul's church

Jarrow Bridge

Just along the road from South Shields is the ancient monastic church of St. Paul, Jarrow, consecrated in AD685 originally as part of the twin Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey founded by Benedict Biscop. The monastery at Jarrow was supervised by Ceolfrid who brought twenty monks from St. Peter in Monkwearmouth (including the young Bede.)

The Venerable Bede grew up here and made it the cradle of English art and literature, it was from a tiny cell in this monastery that he dictated the writing of his Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum . (The ruins of the original monastery still exist next to the church.) St. Paul, with St. Peter in Monkwearmouth are candidates for World Heritage Site status.

The bridge in the foreground was originally built in the 18th. century to provide a foot crossing over the River Don to new industrialised sites on the south side of the Tyne at Jarrow Slake, it was widened in the 19th. century and restored by South Tyneside Council in 1999.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/90 second, f6.7, iso 200



Written by curly

March 7, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. That’s a very lovely old bridge. I like your bw treatment of this image as well.


    March 7, 2008 at 7:33 am

  2. Curly, This is a wonderfully atmospheric shot. I love your white balance in it. It offers a kind of gravitas worthy of such an historic treasure of a site!
    Seattle Daily Photo


    March 7, 2008 at 8:18 pm

  3. This is a very atmospheric shot. You can just ‘feel’ the history as you look at it. And it’s much better for being in black and white. Excellent.


    March 7, 2008 at 10:51 pm

  4. lovely photo, is the bridge open for access?

    S Wilson

    March 10, 2008 at 8:34 pm

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