Holy Island


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Holy Island

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Lindisfarne

(lĭn`dĭsfärn), off the coast of Northumberland, NE England. At low tide the island is connected with the mainland by a stretch of sand. It is partly cultivated, and tourism and fishing are important. A church and monastery, built in 635 under St. Aidan, represented the first establishment of Celtic Christianity in England. Saint Cuthbert was the most famous of the bishops of Holy Island. The settlement was burned by the Danes in 793 but rebuilt. When the Danes invaded in 875, the monks fled, wandering for eight years until they settled at Chesterle-Street in 883. The bishopric was maintained for 112 years there and moved to Durham in 995. A Benedictine priory was set up on the island in 1083 by monks from Durham. Remains of a church and of an early 16th-century castle are there. The Lindisfarne Gospels or Book of Durham is an illuminated Latin manuscript of the Gospels, now housed in the British Museum. It was written at Holy Island before 700; an Anglo-Saxon gloss was added at Durham in the 10th cent.

Holy Island

1. an island off the NE coast of Northumberland, linked to the mainland by road but accessible only at low water: site of a monastery founded by St Aidan in 635
2. an island off the NW coast of Anglesey. Area: about 62 sq. km (24 sq. miles)
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This project will include improving the visitor welcome at Holyhead port and railway station highlighting what Holy Island, Anglesey and North Wales have to offer the visitor.
As part of the Heritage Lottery Fund-backed (HLF) Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership Scheme, which covers Holy Island, the missing poles have now been replaced.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "Cleveland Police is aware that an off-duty officer was seriously injured in a fall on Saturday, May 23, on Holy Island.
Holy Island is known as the cradle of Christianity in the north of England and is drenched in history: the skin of island cattle was used to make the vellum that formed the richly decorated pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels.
All the pieces were inspired by the atmosphere and landscape of Holy Island - also known as Lindisfarne - and its historical connections with Christianity dating back to the 7th century.
Painting: Holy Island from Lamlash, Craigie Aitchison, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London.
Anya had been staying on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne with her mum Nadia, dad Martin and brother Evan, when she lost her tooth and had a fit.
The reception: Manor House Hotel, Holy Island, Northumberland, for 30 guests.
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A spokesperson for the Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team said: "Coastguard Officers arrived on-scene at Holy Island Causeway and located all four jet skis aground, scattered between Holy Island, Snook Point and the mainland at Goswick.
A YACHT stranded on rocks near Holy Island had to wait 11 hours to be rescued.
The man, named as 32-year-old Stephen Rooke, from Hartlepool, was rescued by coastguards following a drinking session near Holy Island on Saturday morning.