Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

St. Benet Biscop

St. Benet Biscop introduced stained glass
into this country.
Benet Biscop was born of noble parents in Northumbria about 627.

As a young man he served in the court of the Northumbrian King, Oswin. At the age of 25 he went on pilgrimage to Rome. He made a second visit some years later. On his return journey he visited the great abbey of Lerins where he stayed and became a Benedictine monk. After some years he returned to England and became abbot of a monastery in Canterbury.

In 672 he came back to the north of England where he founded the monastery of St. Peter and Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, and that of St. Paul at Jarrow.

From the north of England he made a number of pilgrimages to Rome, bringing back books for the monastic libraries instructing the monks in the singing of Plain Chant which he had learned in Rome.

Benet Biscop also introduced stained glass into this country.

He died on the 12th January 689 surrounded by his monks and exhorting them to the end.