We were looking into the sunset across the River Mersey for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked which Wirral town the view was of and the answer was
Catching the right ferry with the correct answer was Sam.
For this week we're off to the opposite side of the country. Access to this historic site is limited due to the causeway that connects this small community to the rest of Northumberland. At high tide the access road is covered thus turning the surrounding area into an island. In the 7th century an Irish monk named Aidan was summoned by the Northumbrian king Oswald to build a monastic community.
What really sealed the priory's eternal fame was the arrival of Cuthbert as prior. He spent many years living as a hermit on some of the outer islands but was ordered back to become bishop. When he died in 687 Cuthbert was buried in a stone coffin. 11 years later the monks decided to open up his coffin and found his body perfectly intact – a sign that Cuthbert was indeed pure and destined for sainthood. A shrine was established and soon miracles were being reported connected to it. Before long it the pilgrims started to arrive and with them the wealth of the monastery. After the Vikings raided the area in 793 the monks decided to move Cuthbert's body away from the island. This started a period of intense warfare as the borders lands were disputed between England and Scotland.
As with most other monastic buildings it was ordered to be closed in the 16th century on the orders of Henry VIII. Although for some time it remained intact for defence reasons over the years the empty priory fell into ruins. The castle through the window was built using stone from the priory. Its charm and religious history though kept the tourists coming over the years and it is now is open to the public through English Heritage. This week's question is
Where is this priory located?
We were joined lasted week by Susan's birthday bunch. Kelly caught the sun before it disappeared for the day. Over in Staffordshire Sam found a worried looking lion in the snow. In New Zealand Betty has been exploring the caves and rocks along Wai-iti beach. Hopping over to Australia Snoskred has been continuing her walk along the beach. Finally, running free in the wood was Kara's own little stick girl.
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