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The oldest building on the island, and probably built on the site of Aidan’s wooden church, the present stone church has Saxon origins. As a place of pilgrimage the church celebrates the heritage of the past and a living faith today. There are two carpets, stitched by the women of Holy Island based on carpet pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels.
Two twentieth century windows celebrate Aidan and Cuthbert, Fenwick Lawson’s sculpture ‘The Journey’ shows the monks leaving the island in 875 with the body of Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels, when the Viking attacks became too much; on the chancel wall is a letter from the Church in Norway ‘declaring peace’ with the Island in the 1990s. In the churchyard is the famous statue of St Aidan. Perhaps the most important aspect of St Mary’s is the sense of peace which the building has.
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