Wednesday, March 17, 2010

ABC Wednesday:
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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  1. Enjoyed this very much, photos lovely and such interesting history. Looks like a wonderful place to visit with great bird life. Thanks for the great tour.

  2. This is obviously a place one ought to visit.

  3. A great place to visit indeed!! Love your photos and the history you've included -- makes for such an interesting post and a great tour! Enjoy your week!!


  4. The place looks beautiful. I feel a bit ignorant for not knowing about it.

  5. Thank you for showing me a place I knew nothing about. Fascinating history and wildlife.

  6. What a truly magnificent sight. I just love it. Wow.

  7. Lovely pictures.

    Just want to wish you HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

    Have you a great one!



    Oscar Wilde-The IRISH Gentleman


  8. That is somewhere I would love to visit! Can you believe it, my dentist's assistant was born and raised in the Hebrides?

  9. Hello,

    that looks wonderful...that must be a wonderful place...


  10. Must be a nice trip to visit the island during the summer. But I can not image the life of the monks living on the island during the middle age.

  11. Oh, I remember hearing the story of Grace Darling! What a brave woman she was!

    I think I see basalt! Do I?

  12. Lovely post, and oh does the bird have a fish on his beak in one of the photos?

    A wonderful place to visit!

    Kisses from Nydia.

  13. Interesting, intriguing and informative - terrific post and photos! I enjoyed it!

  14. An amazingly good shot of the gravestone, or whatever that was.