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Chester-le-street, Church

Chester-le-street, Church

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15538

Item number: f.110

Length: 375

Width: 258

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This outline view in ink shows the Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert in Chester-le-street, Durham. St Cuthbert was a local monk and bishop in the 7th century, dying in 687AD. Eleven years after his death his body was found to be uncorrupted and he became the centre of a cult. Bishop Eadfrith of Lindisfarne is supposed to have worked on the Lindisfarne Gospels in his honour.

In 875, in fear of Viking attack, Cuthbert's followers took his remains from their resting place in Inner Farne. They wandered Northumbria for 7 years before coming to Chester-le-street and founding this church. A great many local towns and villages have churches named in Cuthbert's honour.

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