Discovering Albion – day 8: Rose-gold Stone

scotland trip jan 15 525The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin on Holy Island is thought to stand on the spot where St Aidan founded the first small church around 634AD. Bede wrote of the old church that it was a thatched affair, built with old oak and unsuitable for Abbot or Bishop. A later stone church was built, and eventually the Priory that now stands in skeletal splendour against the sky.

scotland trip jan 15 560There has been a place of Christian worship on this spot for some fourteen hundred years. Within the fabric of the chancel parts of the original seventh-century stone building remain, making it the oldest structure on the island to still bear a roof. St Cuthbert would have prayed here.

scotland trip jan 15 566The little church served the community of monastery and islanders during the height of the golden age of Northumbria, when the Lindisfarne Gospels were created… the fabulously and meticulously illuminated manuscripts that still survive today, the cover in almost pristine condition, each page a masterpiece of art and detail… a work of dedication and faith.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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6 Responses to Discovering Albion – day 8: Rose-gold Stone

    • Bela Johnson says:

      Love the British Isles just for this living history! In the US, they tend to “pave paradise to put up a parking lot.”

      I just love walking through and marveling at how, during these the various times in history, various people have inhabited the structures. I love all of the handwork. My husband and I are both building artisans as well as appreciators of architecture. Last time I was in Ireland about three years ago, I remember seeing people in these tiny towns, brush and can in hand, painting sills and doors and such. Polishing brass. Sweeping the streets. Kinsale. Enniskillen. Kilkenny. Ballynahinch.

      (Perhaps the Irish take these things for granted, but you would be hard-pressed to see them in the US.)

      Thatched roofs. Crumbling stone structures. Heaven.

      Thanks for bringing it all back, for me. ❤️


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