NU1241 : St Mary's Church, Holy Island

taken 3 years ago, near to Holy Island, Northumberland, Great Britain

St Mary's Church, Holy Island
St Mary's Church, Holy Island
Seen from the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory, St Mary's Church dates mainly from the 13th century (although some of the masonry is older). It still functions, as it always has done, as the parish church for the island and has long outlived the adjacent priory (which would once have dominated it) - the priory having been suppressed in 1537.
Lindisfarne Priory
St Aidan founded the monastery here in AD 635, but St Cuthbert is the most celebrated of the priory's holy men. He was buried in the priory, his remains were transferred to a pilgrim shrine there after 11 years, and found still undecayed - regarded as a sure sign of sanctity!
From the end of the 8th century, the isolated island with monastery was easy prey for Viking raiders. So in 875 the monks left, carrying Cuthbert's remains, which after long wanderings through northern England were enshrined in Durham Cathedral in 1104, where they still rest. Only after that time did Benedictine Durham monks re-establish a priory on Lindisfarne. The ruins of the richly decorated priory church they began in c. 1150 still stand. The small community lived quietly on Holy Island until the suppression of the monastery in by Henry VIII in 1537.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 4 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 8 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Primary Subject of Photo
Church 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 1256 4176 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:40.1512N 1:48.1131W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NU 1261 4174
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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