Jarrow Church f.2
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Ink on paper
St Paul's Church at Jarrow is one of the oldest ecclesiastical buildings in the country. The oldest surviving church dedicatory inscription in the country found here bears the date 23 April 685. Construction of the church began in 684 following the founding of the monastery by Bishop Biscop in 681. By Grimm's time much of the pre-Norman structure was in dangerous need of repair. Records tell of how the congregation boycotted the nave for fear of it collapsing and literally burying them alive! Extensive rebuilding then followed over the next hundred years.