Visit Jarrow and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Jarrow, Tyne and Wear. Visitors will be interested in St Paul's Church, one of the most important of Christian shrines and the “cradle of English learning”.
It was part of the monastery where the Venerable Bede passed almost all of his productive and scholarly life. The church where he worshipped is next to the very few remains of the religious establishment where he came at the age of about seven and remained until his death in 735. The church's site seems incongruous today, with a trading estate in one direction, the mudflats of the estuary (Jarrow Slake) in another and the busy Tyne beyond. It probably was built within an earlier Roman fort. It was founded by Benedict Biscop in 681, seven years after Monkwearmouth. It was twice sacked by the Danes in their attacks on the Northumbrian kingdom and razed by William the Conqueror only to be rebuilt in 1074. But not long afterwards, the monks of Jarrow moved to Durham. The original Anglo-Saxon church nave is now the chancel, with a Victorian nave added. The fine masonry is believed to be the work of stonemasons imported from France by Biscop. Original round-headed windows and doorways exist along with window additions of the late 13th and 14th centuries. The tower may date from the 11th century rebuilding. The original dedication stone of 685 has been set above the chancel arch. The modern east window by L. C. Evetts shows Bede in a blue robe with a book in his hand, together with the crucifixion and St Peter with a sword. “Bede's chair”, a battered relic, probably dates from the 14th century. The church is still in use and an annual Bede lecture has been instituted there. Looking at the modest remnant, it is hard to imagine Jarrow's importance in Bede's time. There were 600 monks here and at Monkwearmouth. The 79 books Bede wrote for his students represented the collected knowledge of his time in science, literature, philosophy and the arts. His most famous book is the Ecclesiastical History of the English People. He made the first translation of St John's Gospel into English.
Nearby cities: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sunderland
Nearby towns: Gateshead, North Shields, South Shields, Washington, Whitley Bay
Nearby villages: Backworth, Birtley, Boldon, Cleadon, Cox Green, Cramlington, Cullercoats, Dudley, Dunston, East Boldon, East Howdon, Elswick, Felling, Fenham, Forest Hall, Gosforth, Hartley, Heaton, Hebburn, High Heaton, Jesmond, Kenton, Killingworth, Lamesley, Longbenton, Low Eighton, Low Team, Low Walker, Monkseaton, Monkton, Monkwearmouth, Murton, Old Walker, Ouston, Pallion, Pelton, Penshaw, Seaton Burn, Seaton Delaval, Seaton Sluice, Seghill, Sheriff Hill, Shiremoor, South Hylton, Southwick, Town Moor, Tynemouth, Usworth, Walker, Walker Gate, Wallsend, Westoe, Willington Quay
Have you decided to visit Jarrow or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Jarrow bed and breakfast (a Jarrow B&B or Jarrow b and b)
- a Jarrow guesthouse
- a Jarrow hotel (or motel)
- a Jarrow self-catering establishment, or
- other Jarrow accommodation