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ST HILDAS MONASTERY

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Hartlepool Anglo-Saxon Monastery. Founded circa 640 by Hieu, and Irish woman whom St Aidan placed in charge, probably a double house. Hieu retired to Tadcaster in 649 and was succeeded by St Hilda until 657 when she left to found Whitby monastery. Probably destroyed in the late 8th century. Excavations have located the remains of monastic cells and the cemetery, (SZ53SW13), near, but not under, the later Franciscan Friary, (NZ53SW5). The church, although not located, would appear to have been to the North of the Franciscan cemetery and the Church of St Hilda, (NZ53SW16).

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