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St Oswald, Durham

St Oswald, Durham

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15538

Item number: f.207

Length: 187

Width: 261

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

A view in ink of St Oswald's or Elvet church in Durham, taken from the river Wear. 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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