English Churches - County Durham
Where Bede lived and worked
came to the north east early and monasteries were
established in Jarrow and Monkwearmouth in
the late C7th. Both are associated with St Bede was born
near here around 672. The monastery was destroyed during
Viking raids and a few walls remain by the church.
The chancel and the base of the tower of St Paulís Church are all that remain of the original Saxon monastery. The original dedication stone of 685 survives above the chancel arch and is the oldest in England. It is a typical Saxon building, similar to that at Escomb, narrow and very tall with tiny windows. One of the round windows contains pieces of Saxon Glass. The nave was originally a separate church, which were amalgamated into one building with the base of the tower forming a passageway. It became unsafe in the C18th and had to be rebuilt. It was further restored in the C19th.
The beautifully carved choir stalls in the chancel date from the C14th.
These pictures were taken in 1982 and have been included here as St Paulís is such an important part of our Christian heritage.
The post code is NE32 3DZ and the grid reference is NZ 339652
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