NU1241 : Holy Island : St Mary's Parish Church

taken 13 years ago, near to Holy Island, Northumberland, England

Holy Island : St Mary's Parish Church
Holy Island : St Mary's Parish Church
St Mary's Parish Church is reputed to stand on the site of the wooden church founded by Saint Aidan in 635, which during the Anglo-Saxon period was replaced by a small stone church. Parts of the structure date back to the 7th century, several hundred years before Lindisfarne Priory was built.

The building was enlarged twice: once in the 12th century, and again in the 13th century. Parts of the original church survive in the wall containing the chancel arch.

At the Reformation, the church became Anglican, and subsequently fell into disrepair. A restoration in 1860 returned it to a clean, usable state, although the interior of the nave walls were covered with plaster: this has been removed in the last 40 years.

The church is built in cream, pink and grey sandstone. There were chapels on each side: on the north side, the 'Fisherman's Aisle', the altar is dedicated to Saint Peter, the window above depicting the miraculous catch of fish, a small coracle and a lobster pot. On the south side, the chapel is dedicated to Saint Margaret of Scotland, and now contains the organ.

The eastern windows are from the 19th century; on the west wall are two 20th century windows depicting Saint Aidan and Saint Cuthbert. Handmade carpets depicting the Lindisfarne Gospels lie in front of the two altars. A replica of Saint Cuthbert's coffin is along the north wall. Hatchments from three local families are mounted in the chancel.

In the south aisle stands 'The Journey', a statue depicting the monks of Lindisfarne carrying Saint Cuthbert's body on its journey to Durham. The sculpture, by Fenwick Lawson, is made up of 35 pieces of elmwood, carved with a chainsaw. A bronze copy stands at Millennium Square in Durham.

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NU1241, 1017 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Ken Bagnall   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 15 March, 2011   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 22 March, 2011
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 126 417 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:40.1619N 1:48.0749W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 126 417
View Direction
WEST (about 270 degrees)
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