Relaunch of Chester Le Street Heritage Trail & Ankers House Tour

Relaunch of Chester Le Street Heritage Trail & Ankers House Tour

30/04/2012

We were invited to the April re-launch of the Chester-le-Street Heritage Trail  which is a walk around the 2000 year old history of this market town, visiting sites of Roman occupation, Christian heritage and Victorian industry. 

Catherine Button of the CLS Heritage Group, welcomed everyone to the re-launch and then introduced Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, who officially re-launced the Chester-le-Street Heritage Trail.   Other guests included Cllr Colin Carr, Durham County Council & Chair CLS & District  AAP, members of the CLS Heritage Group & Helen Barker of Beamish Museum. 

Ankers House is part of the Heritage Trail and we were given a guided tour of Ankers House by the very knowledgeable,  Mike Rutter of the CLS Heritage.  (The Anker's House adjoining the Parish Church was the residence of an Anker/Anchorite - a religious recluse. Up until 1547 it was the residence of six anchorites who in turn were walled up in the house for life to spend their time in prayer and comtemplation.)

The Heritage Trail can be taken at your own pace (fast or slow!) and there are a number of cafes and pubs enroute to have a coffee or lunch stop including the Parish Centre.

A facsimile of the The Lindisfarne Gospels, can be found in St Mary & St Cuthbert Church. 

For Ankers House & St Mary & St Cuthbert Church guided tours and opening times visit their website.

The Lindsfarne Gospels manuscript produced in the Northumbrian island monastery of Lindisfarne at the end of the seventh century, in honour of Saint Cuthbert, is one of the world's masterpieces of book painting.  It is a precious relic of early Christianity in England, and one of the nation's greatest  treasures.  The original copy came to Chester le Street along with the monks when they fled Holy Island (Lindisfarne).  While at Chester le Street in about 950 the priest Aldred added his Anglo-Saxon translation (gloss) to the Book.  One of the stained glass windows in the Church commerates this and other aspects of the Gospels travels.  This original copy is to be found in the British Library in London BUT FROM 1 JULY - 30 SEPTEMBER 2013 IT'S COMING TO DURHAM. 

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