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Benedictine cell (North Sunderland and Seahouses)

A cell of Benedictine monks was founded on Inner Farne in about 1255 and was dissolved in about 1538. The number of monks living here varied, but was never more than six. The monks came here from Lindisfarne and looked after pilgrims and cultivated the soil and kept livestock. A scooped depression, 12m in diameter and 2.5m deeps, near St Cuthbert's Well is thought to be the remains of the building in which they lived. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N5882
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):BUILDING SURVEY, Historic building survey and assessment of the monastic cell on Inner Farne 1999

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Source of Reference
Local History of North Sunderland and Seahouses

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