Lindisfarne; Norman Porch
Photographer: Thompson, Stephen
Medium: Photographic print
“We stand and wonder what in the olden time could have induced the holy fathers to choose such a desolate spot for their abode. It could not have been for the love of scenery, it must have been for the love of souls…the fame of the place drew worshippers from very distant regions. And in truth, we may see that a certain resemblance to Iona, the original school of British Christianity in the North, probably determined the settlement of the brethren here. The very air of desolation reminded them of their northern home: the margin of the sea, with its wild, tumbling waves, and the church a landmark far around to the inquirers after the faith that taught self-denial and the aspiration to a higher world.”
Excerpt from “Lindisfarne”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain and Ireland’ by William Howitt.