Posted by: Richenda at Friday May 7, 2010 in


What about Saint John Wharton the anchorite attached to St Oswald’s Durham? The takings at his shrine are well documented and the accounts preserved in Durham County Record Office. There was a medieval Life of this man but it cannot now be traced. A ‘plat’ which he cultivated overlooking the River Wear is known from documentary evidence; and the name survives in property near St Oswald’s church. Any help in tracing more information about this would be greatly appreciated.

Margot Johnson

Hi Margot!
I apologize for being absolutely no help. But I do know that archival research is constantly underway. I suggest calling the closest Library or historical society, they are often so very helpful. You can also try local church records. Remember, too, in searching that spellings will be all which ways, so don’t give up, keep digging. Good luck in your search!

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