Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I is for Inner Farne
Inner Farne is the largest of the Farne Islands which lie off the coast of Northumberland.
It is home to shags, puffins, arctic terns and other birds.
These photographs are from my one and only visit on 23rd July 2001.
Apart from the Inner Farne Lighthouse, all the buildings on the island date from the monastic period. In 1540 a Prior named Castell built the "Pele Tower" to house the monks who lived on the island. The Tower is now home to the National Trust Wardens who live there for nine months of the year to look after the Island and its wildlife.
In 678 Inner Farne was home to St Cuthbert. After 12 years as Prior of Lindisfarne, St.Cuthbert retired to Inner Farne until he became Bishop of Lindisfarne in 684. He returned to Inner Farne when his health deteriorated and died there on 20th March 687.
A church was built on the island in 1370 dedicated to St Cuthbert and is open to the public today. Inside is a monument to Grace Darling.
Some other photos from my trip to the islands from Seahouses can be seen at Farne Islands 2001.
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