Duke backs Bede’s heritage bid

HRH The Duke of Gloucester pictured practicing calligraphy with Children from St Aloysius School at Bedes World in Jarrow
HRH The Duke of Gloucester pictured practicing calligraphy with Children from St Aloysius School at Bedes World in Jarrow
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A BID to put the former home of the Venerable Bede on the world tourist map has received the Royal seal of approval.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visited the region yesterday to support the World Heritage Site bid by the twin monastic site of Wearmouth-Jarrow, which includes St Peter’s in Sunderland.

The visit saw the Duke tour St Paul’s Church, Jarrow, where the Venerable Bede once worshipped and created highly influential books on everything from the scriptures to science, more than 1,300 years ago.

The Duke inspected the chancel at St Paul’s Church – the oldest part of the building – where Bede would have worshipped, before signing the visitors’ book.

Then it was on to nearby Bede’s World museum, where The Duke was greeted by museum director Mike Benson.