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North East Catholic History Society Excursions

Excursions

LINDISFARNE GOSPELS’ EXHIBITION DURHAM SEPTEMBER 2013

NECHS members were very fortunate to enjoy a wonderful visit to this much anticipated unique exhibition which explored why the Lindisfarne Gospels was made "in honour of God and St Cuthbert” around the year 700 and how artistic traditions from Ireland and the Mediterranean came together to produce this masterpiece.

Members were privileged to see the Gospels' Manuscript page with the Portrait of St John with the eagle symbolizing the second coming of Christ. John is the only Evangelist looking out at the reader.

As well as seeing this remarkably well preserved centrepiece, some of the most precious objects from Anglo Saxon England were on display, telling us the amazing story of St Cuthbert, his life and what happened to his remains after his death.

After the exhibition, we heard a most informative and entertaining talk by Professor Gameson, who is a leading expert on the manuscript and who has been in charge of the long process of bringing all the exhibits together. In addition we saw the "Chi Rho" page in Professor Gameson's facsimile. It is the beautifully crafted "Chi Rho" monogram at the start of St Matthew's Gospel.

Such a magnificent collection of artefacts is not likely to be repeated, and we were very aware of the privilege and thrill of being so close to these treasures which continue to inspire us today.

EXCURSION TO CONSTABLE BURTON AND JERVAULX ABBEY

Our first excursion of 2013 was to N. Yorkshire where we paid an interesting visit to Constable Burton the !8th century house belonging to the Wyvill family whose ancestor was a knight who fought with William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings. Mr Darcy Wyvill made us welcome and showed us round their beautiful home .  Then the family's gardener showed us the lovely garden and woodland where the annual tulip festival was at its peak.

Nearby, are the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey of Jervaulx, situated on a stunning site beside the River Ure. The owner of the site, Mr Ian Burdon guided us round the substantial remains, describing how he has painstakingly restored some of the huge structures, removing over growth of vegetation but encouraging the regrowth of wild flowers and plants. A large model of the abbey showed us how it would have been before the Dissolution. Some of the revenues of the abbey came from the monks producing cheese, especially a blue Wensleydale, Jervaulx Blue.

Archive

Visits 2012 - Hulne Park and Stonyhurst College

Visit 2011 - Markenfield