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Durham and Elvet

Durham and Elvet

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15538

Item number: f.121

Length: 262

Width: 374

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This is an outline view of Durham and Elvet. Elvet is across the River Wear to the east of the Durham peninsula, and bounded by the river on its western, northern and eastern sides. Records of Elvet’s existence predate original the settlement of Dunholm (now Durham), so it may have been a place of importance. Elvet was called Aelfet ee, which means Swan Island in Anglo-Saxon.

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