Resting place of Kings and Saints

Saint Cuthbert’s Journey

In the 9th Century, when Lindisfarne was threatened by Viking raiders, the body of Saint Cuthbert, Northumbria’s most famous saint, was moved from the monastery there to Norham for safe keeping. 

The 7th Century timber church on Lindisfarne was dismantled and also taken to Norham.   In AD 830 it was replaced by a stone church.    

The present church at Norham, is known simply as Saint Cuthbert's, but an earlier dedication was to Saints Peter, Cuthbert and Ceolwulf.

Saint Ceolwulf, a king of Northumbria who became a monk, died on Lindisfarne in AD 764.  When the monks abandoned the island Ceolwulf’s bones were moved together with Saint Cuthbert’s and laid to rest in Norham Church. 

The Lindisfarne monks stayed at Norham for some time, before setting off on a journey through Northumbria to find eventual safety at Durham.

Click here to see a map showing Saint Cuthbert’s journey

Saint Cuthbert lies today in Durham Cathedral.  The oak coffin in which his body was carried from Lindisfarne can be seen in the Cathedral Treasury, together with other relics of Saint Cuthbert. 

Click here to see Saint Cuthbert’s Coffin


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