I posted this photo (taken by Barry Hall, one of our Library Assistants) back in July but I thought it would be nice to provide a bit of historical background. The University’s St. Peter’s Campus is located right next to the church.
The original parts of St. Peter’s Church were built in 647AD by Benedict Biscop and is one of the UK’s first stone built churches. Most of the interior dates from a major restoration in the 1870s.
St. Peter’s Church and St. Paul’s Church in Jarrow are part of the twin Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow which will be the UK’s nomination for World Heritage Site status in 2011.
Wearmouth-Jarrow was a major centre of European learning and culture in the 7th century and was home to the Venerable Bede, whose influence remains today.
St. Peter’s Church is open to visitors and is staffed by volunteer guides so if you’re in Sunderland it’s definitely one to see.