St Peter's Church stands as one of the oldest in Britain more than 1300 years old. Built in 674AD by Benedict Biscop, there is a stained glass window in the church dedicated to him. At the age of 7 the Venerable Bede joined the monastery here.
The area was part of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria. Stonemasons and glassworkers from Gaul were brought to Northumbria to build the church as the craftsmen were skilled and these crafts were not yet well established in Anglo-Saxon England.