Bowl Hole Background

Graeme Young, Director at The Bamburgh Research Project, talks about the Bowl Hole background and Anglo-Saxon life at Bamburgh Castle.
All the individuals within the crypt ossuary came from the ‘Bowl Hole’ graveyard. First revealed by a violent storm in the 19th century, the Bowl Hole graveyard is hidden within the sand dunes a few hundred metres south of Bamburgh Castle. Dozens of individuals were uncovered during excavations between 1998 to 2007. These remains have been analysed to tell us about these people and their lives.

Elizabeth Baker of Tillytoo Tales tells the story of how St Aidan came to Northumberland.

Elizabeth is a professional storyteller and heritage education consultant based in the North East.  Elizabeth is currently developing the education resources for Bamburgh Bones which will be available to schools shortly.  If you are interested in learning more about our resources please contact jessica.turner@northumberland.gov.uk

Elizabeth made this short film for us because the crypt and church are currently closed due to Government advice relating to Covid-19. If you’d like to find out more about Elizabeth and her work go to www.tillytootales.co.uk or visit her Facebook page.

The Automaton Donation Box showing the miracle of St Aidan and St Oswald's arm in St. Aidan's Church, Bamburgh 

created and crafted for the church in 2019 by the amazing artist Keith Newstead (1956 - 2020)

The incorrupt arm
King Oswald invited St. Aidan to his castle for various feasts, although the bishop rarely attended and then would only eat in silence before returning to his prayers. On one particular Easter feast, Aidan got to observe the effect he had on the king. As a silver platter full of rich foods was placed on their table, a servant entered the dining hall to inform the king and bishop of a multitude begging for alms outside the gates. Before Aidan could speak, Oswald immediately ordered all the food to be distributed to the beggars and for the silver plates to be broken into pieces and given to them. Seeing such an act of generosity, Aidan grasped the king’s right hand and blessed him, saying, “May this hand never decay.” And it never did.
Bede records that even after Oswald was struck down in battle his right arm never corrupted and was kept in a shrine where many people reported miraculous cures from the king’s relics. 

Highlights from the projection at the Bamburgh Ossuary

To see the full film and learn more about the Anglo-Saxon Bamburgh visit the crypt of St. Aidan's Church.


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