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St Peterís Church, Wearmouth, Sunderland

Church exterior by Barbara Ballard Church door by Barbara Ballard St Peterís was one of the UKís first stone built churches. It was a sister monastery to St Paulís. Both figured in the life of the Venerable Bede. The porch in the west wall is part of the original Saxon church, and was the doorway used by Bede and the early monks in the 7th century.

Church interior by Barbara Ballard The north window depicts St Ceolfrith who succeeded Benedict Biscop, founder and abbot of the Wearmouth-Jarrow monastery. He doubled the size of the monastery library.

Church interior by Barbara Ballard Church coffin by Barbara Ballard The east window behind high altar shows several saints: St Aidan, Bede, St Peter, St Paulinus, and St Cuthbert. St Hilda, a Northumbria noble woman who became an abbess and founded a double monastery at Whitby is also shown in a window.

Old stone slab in the church by Barbara Ballard In the sanctuary where the high altar is located is a wall aumbry where holy sacrament was kept for the ill. A carved oak chair in the church is a bishopís chair.

Visitor Information

St Peterís Church
St Peterís Way
Wearmouth, Sunderland SR6 0DY
Tel. 0 191 516 0135
Open: Mon, 1.30-4.30pm; Tue-Sat, 10am-3pm; Sun, after services
Cafť; parking
Web: Parish of Monkwearmouth

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