Monday, October 10, 2016

Durham Cathedral

We spent most of today at the Cathedral, which was begun shortly after the Norman invasion. In the Middle Ages, debtors who could reach the door and touch the knocker were given 37 days to arrange their affairs and hopefully avoid prison.

Both St Bede and St Cuthbert are buried in the Cathedral. At the time of the Reformation Cuthbert's tomb was stripped of its gold and jewels but when they opened the tomb Cuthbert was incorrupt so they did not toss his remains in the river as happened with so many other saints.

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