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Monkwearmouth & Jarrow Churches

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

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These two churches are expected to gain World Heritage Status in the next few years and between them nearly two thousand years of Christian worship can be seen. At Monkwearmouth you can walk through the doorway that Bede (writer of the first history of England in 8th century) went through everyday to worship and at Jarrow can be seen the earliest window of English made glass, probably made in Sunderland two hundred years before the Normans came. Both churches were major centres of learning in Saxon times although today they are modest buildings, much smaller than in ancient times. Both have many elaborate carved stones and crosses from Saxon times and can be considered the cradle of Christianity in Britain. Both accessible from the Tyne & Wear Metro.

Written by  Robin Millerchip.

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