Lindisfarne; General View
Photographer: Thompson, Stephen
Medium: Photographic print
“Amongst those wild and stern basaltic rocks and islands which stud the Northumbrian coast, the haunts of myriads of sea-fowls, and the sporting grounds of fierce winds, the largest is Lindisfarne, or Holy Island; so called from its having become, very early in the Saxon times, the seat of a community of Christian priests...As you approach, you are struck by the dark cliffs that gird the island, flanked by enormous masses of rock fallen from them to the sea-beach. You land and find yourselves near the ruins of the Abbey, with a fishing village adjoining it, and across a moorish flat, at a bout half a mile distant, the castle built into the summit of a stern pile of rocks. It is altogether a fishing place, with its boats on the shore, its refuse of fish, and its drying-houses for the herring season. There are children at play, fishermen going about, slovenly-looking village streets, thatched huts, and the grand old ruins of the abbey.”
Excerpt from “Lindisfarne”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain and Ireland’ by William Howitt.