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Elvet is part of the City of Durham and is one of the oldest settlements in the Durham City locality. It is first mentioned in the Anglo Saxon Chronicles in 762 AD as Aelfet ee (trans: Elvet or Swan Island). The 'island' is believed to be the site of what became the City of Durham on the hill in the large 'swan neck' loop in the River Wear.
It was within this 'swan neck' meander, in 995 AD, that St Aldhun settled with his monks and the relics of the Christian Saint Cuthbert. The construction of the famous cathedral that dominates and characterises the city was begun in 1092 AD.
The original Elvet Bridge on this site was built by Bishop Hugh Pudsey in about 1160 AD. It was added to in 1228 and later by Bishop Fox in 1495. There were originally 14 arches, of which only 10 now remain, two of which are overbuilt. In 1771 the bridge was severely damaged by floods. In 1804-5 the width of the bridge was doubled. The bridge is now closed to vehicular traffic.
In 1986 the Cathedral and Castle, high on this famous river site, was designated a World Heritage Site.
Foundation - Thought of The Week
Meetings and events happening soon
Thursday 21st June 19.00
Midsummer Gathering - Polio Eradication Barbara & Ian's home
Foundation event at Barbara and Ian's housedetails
Sunday 24th June 13.00
Car Boot sale Seaham
Thursday 28th June 19.00
Sunday 1st July 12.00
District Handover at Hallgarth Manor
Thursday 5th July 19.00
Committees & Business meeting
Tuesday 10th July 09.00 - 18.00 Saturday 14th July
Tall Ships Sunderland
In July 2018 the Tall Ships fleet will create a stunning spectacle on the banks of the River Wear and within the prestigious Port of Sunderland.
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