Photographer's Note

Lindisfarne on Holy Island is separated from the mainland by a narrow causeway and is inaccessible at high tide. The castle and priory are much photographed as key Northumberland tourist sites. The monastery ruins date back to 635, and the island has a turbulent history of early Viking raids that resulted in the destruction of much of the monastery. Although the monks were forced to flee, there has survived a copy of the famous illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels, dating from the eighth century.

The castle itself was built in Tudor times and is now under the care of the National Trust. Lindisfarne is also known today as the centre for revival and discussion of Celtic Christianity; and for those of a culinary bent, the island is famous for its mead and crab sandwiches.

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