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Jarrow Church, south side

Jarrow Church, south side

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15540

Item number: f.3

Length: 259

Width: 182

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

The Church of St Paul, fomerly belonging to the monastery founded by Benedict Biscop in 681, was constructed in 684. Over the centuries the pre-Norman structure underwent many additions and renovations. Around the time Grimm was making his sketches of St Peter's, the nave was in such desperate need of rebuilding that William Hutchinson (writer and antiquarian), noted in 1787 that, "the congregation had deserted the nave for some years, perhaps from dread of being buried in its ruins"! The nave was further rebuilt in 1866.

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