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Jarrow Hall House

jarrow hall house is a beautiful grade II listed manor house adjacent to the bede museum and overlooks drewetts park to the south. currently undergoing extensive renovation, from early 2017 jarrow hall house will be home to our new café - hive coffee company - on the ground floor alongside a unique hire and function space, the oval room, on the first floor.

Built around 1785 by local businessman Simon Temple, the building went through a number of hands throughout the 20th century before benefiting from a £50,000 restoration project and becoming the Bede Monastery Museum in 1974. When the Bede Museum launched in 1993, Jarrow Hall House became used as a visitor café and also housed a permanent exhibition which showcased the building’s links to the Jarrow's mining and shipbuilding heritage.

To the east of the building sits the Herb Garden. The first part draws on the structure of a typical medieval physic garden and includes culinary and medicinal species. Beyond this, the garden is based on the Plan of Saint Gall – a famous medieval architectural drawing of a monastic compound dating from the early 9th century – and the plants were chosen based on Anglo-Saxon and medieval varieties suitable for our soil and climate.

the farm is a great place to discover why farming was so important in daily Anglo-Saxon life. Home to curly-coated pigs, dexter bullocks, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and more, this 11-acre site houses rare breeds which are the closest possible representatives of the animals that would have been present 1300 years ago.

Generally smaller than those we see today, these breeds give a feel for what animals would have been like during Bede’s time. Anglo-Saxons used the bird species for their meat, feathers and eggs; the eggs were not only eaten but used to mix inks used by monks to illustrate their manuscripts. Cattle would have worked daily on farms to pull ploughs or carts, while sheep were kept mainly for their wool which was spun and woven into cloth.

The farm is complemented by a number of replica wattle and daub and timber-framed buildings based on structures excavated within Anglo-Saxon Northumbria, and is a green haven in the middle of Jarrow.

Anglo-Saxon Farm & Village 

the museum tells the story of the venerable bede and his time, from the beginnings of the anglo-saxon period through bede’s life, death and extraordinary legacy.

widely regarded as the ‘father of english history’, bede was an author, scholar, skilled linguist and translator who also composed works on astronomical timekeeping and the motions of the sun, earth and moon.

An English monk at the double monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, his most famous work is The Ecclesiastical History of the English People. One of the most important original references on Anglo-Saxon history, this work also played a key role in the development of an English national identity.

Home to Europe’s largest early collection of stained glass, the museum now also hosts a full-sized reproduction of the Codex Amiatinus; the earliest surviving manuscript of the nearly complete Bible. Three copies were commissioned by Ceolfrid in 692 and the double monastery raised 2000 head of cattle to produce the vellum pages of these huge, beautifully illuminated manuscripts. While one copy was passed on through time, the other two have been lost to history and the new exhibition tells this incredible story.

Bede Museum 


South Tyneside & Newcastle

Groundwork are a federation of charitable trusts passionate about creating a future where everywhere is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and where everyone can reach their potential.

With a proven track record of creating better, greener places, improving people's prospects and promoting greener living and working, Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle work with South Tyneside Council – which owns the Jarrow Hall land and buildings – to ensure the venue has a long-term future for the people of South Tyneside, the wider region and beyond.

Helping people carry out thousands of projects each year across the UK, Groundwork tackles climate change by helping people out of fuel poverty, brings out the best in young people by helping them to improve their local area, builds stronger communities by improving green space and gets people back into work by creating green jobs.

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