A PHOTOGRAPHER has taken a virtual tour of a historic Sunderland church.
James McRoy took more than 500 images of St Peter’s Church in Monkwearmouth to generate a tour for Google Maps Business View.
It allows anyone across the world the chance to look around with the click of a few buttons, giving anyone access to follow in the footsteps of St Bede.
Dick Bradshaw, team rector of Monkwearmouth, said: “Many thanks to the skills of James McRoy, people from around the world will be able to enjoy the immediacy of this amazing, very ancient place of pilgrimage, prayer and learning, and be inspired by the beauty and peace of this unique and significant church building.”
The Google Maps Business View uses the same technology as Street View and allows visitors to take a fully interactive 360-degree virtual walk through the building.
Mr McRoy spent three hours taking the photographs, from 40 panoramic positions.
He said: “The church is a little gem and is of significant historical interest.
“It predates its neighbour St Paul’s at Jarrow and was the church that the Venerable Bede entered at the tender age of seven to learn his craft.
“The Venerable Bede – also known as St Bede – is widely regarded as the greatest of all the Anglo-Saxon scholars.
“I have created many of these tours for businesses in the region from coffee shops to motor dealers – including a very large Casino and the Centre for Life in Newcastle, but the St Peter’s shoot is my favourite.
The Google Maps Business View product is an extremely effective marketing tool for any business, and forms the backbone of many digital marketing campaigns for businesses world-wide.”
The tour can be found via the maps section on Google, with the inside view tab found on the bottom of the screen.