Our Bede Trip - Durham &
September 26-27, 2003 we
took a trip up north to
Cathedral…where Bede’s bones
are now) and Jarrow (the site of Bede’s monastery and of the Bede’s World
(This is a stained glass window commissioned for the museum at
is the Castle Hill of Durham…the castle (now the
) is on the left and the Cathedral on the right.
This was our first view of the city from the rail station above the city.
This is the Cathedral of Durham. The
two towers on the right are part of the
porch, where Bede now rests. The picture on the right is the (replica) doorknocker that fugitives could use to
claim sanctuary in the middle ages.
we decided to take a rest outside the cathedral before we went to find our
We did try to take shots of the Cathedral at night, but sadly
most of them did not come out well. Also, we weren’t allowed to take
pictures inside, so we just had to buy postcards instead, which doesn't help
this website much.
At Jarrow, we visited the remains of the monastery and the
, where Bede spent most of his life.
Here Paul the scholar poses for a picture.
’s is the (Anglican, now) parish
. It has expanded, but this area is
the original church from the monastery founded in the 7th century,
where Bede would have worshiped. This
chair on the right is reputed to have been Bede’s own chair. This window
(two right pictures) is original to the church and was made in one of the
monastery’s workshops. The window is located in the right-hand wall of
After we went to St. Paul’s, we visited Bede’s
World, a museum dedicated to Bede and his times. You may want to visit
their website: http://www.bedesworld.co.uk.
we didn't get to buy monk's cowls at Bede's World, but we did get try them on
(it's an interactive museum).
addition to the museum itself, Bede’s World has a reconstruction Saxon farm,
made with period tools and stocked with animals that are as close to the breeds
that would have been on Saxon farms as possible…including large, mean,
sharp-toothed pigs! Really, the sign
warns that the pigs have very sharp teeth and will jump up and bite you if you
get to close.
we left Bede’s World, we went by St.
church again before we left town. We
had had to take a train from Durham to New Castle, then take the Metro to
Jarrow, so we had to reverse our steps and then catch the train from Durham to
Cambridge (switching in Peterborough)…trains are much less frequent this way
on the weekend, so we had to make sure we caught that train. But we did
get our cheesy souvenirs.