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Did you know that St Peter’s Church , built circa 674 in Monkwearmouth, was the first ever church in Britain to have stained glass windows? Its founder Benedict Biscop travelled, remarkably for the age, five times to Rome, and attracted craftsmen to his twin religious houses in Jarrow and Monkwearmouth. These included glaziers from Gaul (France), some of whose output has been unearthed by archeologists around the still used church.

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