The Venerable Bede (c673-735), now St. Bede, is best known for his histories, but also wrote extensively on the calendar and arithmetic. He was born at Monkwearmouth, Co. Durham. His remains were translated from Jarrow, to Durham Cathedral in the 11C. His tomb is in the Galilee Porch of the Cathedral. St. Cuthbert's College, Durham, had a piece of finger or rib of St. Bede in their Oratory of the Holy Family. In 1979, this was halved with a new St. Bede's Church in La Canada, near Los Angeles.

There is an 1829 meridian line on the floor and wall of the Cathedral [Peter Ransom; Sundial corner no. 8: Meridian lines; BSHM Newsletter 30 (Autumn 1995) 38-40].


A plaque to Percy Heawood (1861-1955) in Durham Castle records his efforts in getting the Castle restored. Heawood was Vice-Chancellor of the University and Mayor of Durham, but is remembered by mathematicians for pointing out a flaw in Kempe's attempted proof of the four-colour theorem.

There is a portrait in the Hall of the Castle of Temple Chevallier (1793-1873), who was professor of mathematics from 1835 and also of astronomy from 1841 until 1871.

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An extract from The Mathematical Gazetteer of the British Isles created by David Singmaster

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