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Durham, from St Oswald's churchyard

Durham, from St Oswald's churchyard

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15538

Item number: f.123

Length: 257

Width: 363

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

An outline view of Durham taken from St Oswald's or Elvet churchyard. The earliest known rector of the church was called Dolfin, who was here in the mid-12th century. However, archaeological digs in the 19th century discovered two parts of a 9th-century Anglo-Saxon cross shaft beneath the west wall of the tower, suggesting that this was a site of worship even before St Cuthbert's followers founded Durham in the 10th century.

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