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Durham Cathedral, The Dun Cow

The followers of St Cuthbert fled the island of Lindisfarne in the 9th century, fearing attack from Viking raiders. They took the remains of their venerated saint with them. They had wandered the mainland for over a century when St Cuthbert appeared in a vision directing them to a place called Dun Holm, which none of them had ever heard of.

One day, just as they were beginning to despair of finding their destination, they overheard a milkmaid asking another whether she had seen a lost cow. The girl replied that she had indeed seen the animal wandering towards Dun Holm. Upon hearing this the joyous monks followed the milkmaid to the spot and established the cathedral and city of Durham.

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