LETTER: Celebrating a Great Briton

I should like to draw attention to an important feast day for Eastbourne which occurs on Monday, May 25 – the feast of St Bede, otherwise known as the Venerable Bede, after whom one of our local schools is named. Bede lived from around 672 to 735 AD. He was a monk in a monastery at Jarrow in the North East. He is celebrated as one of the greatest scholars of Anglo-Saxon England and is known as ‘The Father of English History’. Among the 60 or so books he wrote was ‘De Temporum’ – ‘On Time’ – which, among other things, popularised the use of ‘Anno Domini’, dating our calendar from the birth of Christ. His computing of the tides was used as a standard text book for the next 500 years. He wrote of the earth as ‘spherical’ - not flat. He was canonized a saint by the Catholic Church in 1899. He must be counted among the ranks of Great Britons. The school should be proud to bear his name.

John de Waal

Ratton Road

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