The Lindisfarne Gospels, a manuscript produced in the Northumbrian island monastery of Lindisfarne at the end of the seventh century, in honour of Saint Cuthbert, is one of the world's masterpieces of book painting. It is a precious relic of early Christianity in England, and one of the nation's greatest treasures.
The original copy came to Chester le Street along with the monks when they fled Holy Island (Lindisfarne) While at Chester le Street in about 950 the priest Aldred added his Anglo-Saxon translation (gloss) to the Book. One of the stained glass windows in the Church commerates this and other aspects of the Gospels travels. This original copy is to be found in the in the British Library in London.
A facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels - to be found in the main Church building
The Lindsfarne Gospels Appeal was launched during October 2003 when businesses and organisations within Chester le Street were asked if they would like to make a contribution to reaching the target of £7000 to purchase a facsimile for the town. The appeal raised over £10,000 and this facsimile is now housed in the Main Church Building.
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