THE £9million purchase of a book thought to have been made by the monks of Wearmouth-Jarrow in the seventh century has been welcomed on Wearside.
The British Library has bought the St Cuthbert (Stonyhurst) Gospel, which means it will stay in England.
The book will be displayed to the public in London and the North East and is set to go on show in Durham in July next year.
The book was made by Wearmouth-Jarrow monks as a gift for St Cuthbert, and was found in his wooden coffin.
The twin monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow has been nominated for World Heritage Site Status this year.
The Bishop of Jarrow, the Right Reverend Mark Bryant, who chairs the Wearmouth-Jarrow Partnership, said: “We are delighted to hear that this, one of the most important books in the world, will remain in England.
“There is overwhelming evidence and modern academic consensus is that it was made at Wearmouth-Jarrow and it is listed in our nomination dossier as one of nine known surviving Wearmouth-Jarrow manuscripts.”