Sts Baldred and Bilfrith

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Hermits. St Baldred lived during the 6th century in Northumberland, as a hermit, first at Tyningham and then on the Bass Rock.

According to legend, it was thanks to his prayers that a dangerous reef was removed between the rock and the mainland. All that is left of it is St Baldred's Rock. An ancient well is named after the saint.

The saint's supposed relics were discovered with those of St Bilfrith in the 11th century and removed to Durham.

St Bilfrith was also a hermit and a goldsmith. He lived during the 8th century and spent many years decorating the Lindisfarne Gospels with gold, silver and gems on the binding. The book survives but the binding was lost.

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