View of the remains of Norman priory church at Holy Island in Northumberland (also known by its ancient name of Lindisfarne). There was a long history of a monastic community living here in this isolated outpost along the Northumbrian coast. In the 7th century St Aidan established a monastery on land granted by King Oswald of Northumbria. It is also famous for its connections with St Cuthbert in the Anglo-Saxon period. In the late 11th century a new Benedictine Priory was built here under the orders of the Norman Bishop William de St Carilef.. The priory church was built at the same time as Durham Cathedral is similar in some ways although at 142 feet long, it is a far smaller building than the cathedral which is 375 ft long.