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The St Cuthbert Window

C2 Venerable Bede

This tracery panel was designed and made by J.W. Knowles under the direction of Rev. J.T. Fowler in 1886-8. It shows the Venerable Bede (673-735), an Anglo-Saxon monk. Bede was a biblical scholar and English historian, and wrote prolifically on a wide range of topics, with many of his texts remaining popular throughout the medieval period. He was the author of both a verse and prose life of St Cuthbert. Around eighty percent of the narrative scenes in the window are based on Bede’s prose Life of St Cuthbert.