Following 9th century monks as they flee from invading vikings with the body of St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels – and undertake a momentous journey that helps shape England
The route Richard W Hardwick and Paul Alexander Knox will travel in April 2013 is via the map advised by The Northumbrian Association. The Community of St Cuthbert took seven years to complete their initial journey, visiting many places in what was then the kingdom of Northumbria, before finally settling in Chester-le-Street. After 113 years, further threat led them to move once again, until they settled once more at Durham.
As stated on the Northumbrian Association website, this route cannot be factually verified. Simeon, a Durham monk writing in the 11th and 12th centuries, mentions only four places: the mouth of the Derwent, Whithorn, Crayke and Chester-le-Street. The other locations were chosen because churches there were named after St Cuthbert and claimed they were built because his body rested there. The list of these Cuthbert churches was placed on the wall of the choir door in Durham Priory by Prior Wessington, whose family were the ancestors of George Washington, the First American President.
To view a list of the locations, please click on View Larger Map below…