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Durham Castle, Coffin of St Cuthbert

Durham Castle, Coffin of St Cuthbert

Artist: Samuel Hieronymus Grimm

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15538

Item number: f.187

Length: 179

Width: 256

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This drawing in ink shows the chest "well fortified with nayles and leather", which ''contained the coffin of St Cuthbert, anciently in St Cuthbert's shrine in the Feretory, and afterwards enclosed in a marble sepulchre at the expense of John, Lord Neville, but now removed with his statue to a cellar in the castle of Durham". St Cuthbert was a local 7th century bishop and monk, whose remains were removed to Durham two centuries after his death for fear they would be looted or desecrated by the Vikings.

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