Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

St. Bede

St AidanBede was born in Northumbria in 673. He was sent to school at the newly founded monastery at Wearmouth and soon after to the twin monastery at Jarrow where he became a monk and a priest and here he was to spend the rest of his life.

Describing his own life he wrote, "I have devoted my energies to the study of the Scriptures, observing monastic discipline and singing daily the services of the church; study, teaching and writing have always been my delight."

He died translating the final verses of St. John's Gospel. He is one of the Church's greatest historians, his most famous and valuable work being the ‘History of the English Church and People’.

St. Boniface called Bede "a light of the church, lit by the Holy Spirit". He died at Jarrow on the 27th May 735. His remains are enshrined in the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral. So, at one end of the Cathedral you have the tomb of St. Bede and at the other end that of St. Cuthbert.


Bede's World Website