Road Trip 4 St Marys Lindisfarne
This is St Mary’s Church.
It has a little side chapel.
Round the other side is the main entrance.
Interesting detail on the outside. I will show you the inside in a mo.
Click to read. The original church was wooden. This church has little bits of the stone church, which replaced it in Anglo Saxon times, surviving within the walls of this later church.
Inside looking towards the altars.
The inside of the detail.
Wooden carving on top of the font.
St Peter’s Chapel to the left and St Margaret of Scotland to the right where the organ is. See the Norman “zig zag” arch on the left?
Click to read.
A bit more about the Lindisfarne Gospels.
St Peter’s Chapel altar. St Peter is the patron saint of fishermen so it appropriate in this location. The carpet is based on one of the carpet pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels. The stained glass windows are based on Pater. I has to cut them from this long blog post.
A coracle was on display here. This boat was used in Wales within living memory by fishermen. They are hard to steer so not used much now.
View from the main altar.
Glass was expensive, so windows were designed to let in as much light as possible for the amount of glass used.
I had to include this pic- it reminded me of paper pieced work.
The main altar. Again the rug is based on a Lindisfarne Gospel carpet page.
All the windows were beautiful.
With stained and painted glass.
St Margaret’s Chapel is commemorated by this embroidered banner.
I zoomed in. I don’t know much about embroidery but I knew this was class.
Just look at that blackwork!
Dunfermline Church in amazing detail.
“The Journey” an elm wood sculpture showing the monks moving St Cuthbert’s body to Durham.
This church has a real sense of peace. It feels more the heart of the island than the Norman priory. Perhaps the spirit St Aidan and St Cuthbert is in the stones.
Talking of stones this house intrigued me. An arch over a squared doorway which has then been blocked up. There looked like possible blocked tiny windows. The current windows look Victorian and younger (in the roof).
View of the Norman Priory looking west with St Mary’s in the background.
View of the castle.
Lastly a close up of the castle. We didn’t have time to walk over there and go in.
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