One of the primary reasons I decided to come to England for my PhD was so that I could live in the country where the people I study lived. As a student of Anglo-Saxon language and literature, I’m thrilled anytime I can find a remnant of that society still in this country, as are my fellow students and our supervising faculty members. Last summer (around July 2015), some of them got together to plan a trip around Derbyshire to look at Anglo-Saxon artifacts still extant. Other than manuscripts (which you don’t normally find by the side of the road), these mainly consist of stone carvings and are often preserved in or near churches. This gallery, then, is a collection of photos I took during that trip—though not all of them are of specifically Anglo-Saxon items.
Photos from my recent trip to Durham Cathedral. No photography is allowed inside the cathedral, so these are all from the exterior.
The Anglo-Saxons have had a strong influence on our modern society, even if we don’t realize it. The English language, in particular, has strong ties with the language of Anglo-Saxons, including personal names.
Here I present a list of 13 names you didn’t know were Anglo-Saxon in origin.