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Welcome to the real railway station at Chester-le-Street in Co. Durham, England, the town where the Bible was first translated into English.
You can join our club on Yahoo for friends of Chester-le-Street station, and visit the websites of local churches which can give you further resources. Our station is in the Diocese of Durham, a great missionary diocese of St. Cuthbert (who stayed after death for 112 years in Chester-le-Street), St. Bede and St. Aidan, and we have links to many useful church sites.
Chester-le-Track will be delighted to sell you your rail ticket, or your season ticket, wherever you are. It's a good idea to have one of our tickets in your pocket, even if it's only a platform ticket. This is a very special station: the one in the town where the Bible was first translated into English, over 1,000 years ago!
When Cuthbert died, the monks moved his uncorrupted body around the North East, before finally coming in 995 AD to Durham, where he is now laid behind the high altar of the Cathedral. But for over 100 years the former Roman town of Chester-le-Street was the seat of the Bishop, and a scriptorium was established for the production of books (because the north east was a great centre of scholarship before the Norman invasion in 1066).
It was in this period, from 950 to 970 that "the unworthy and most miserable priest" Aldred (his own description of himself) added an Anglo-Saxon gloss to the Lindisfarne Gospels, which were originally written in Latin, and were then over 300 years old.
These Gospels are normally in the British Library for the world to see, adjacent to the cathedral railway stations of King's Cross and St. Pancras. In its case at the British Library, the sign states that Aldred's work is the earliest known translation into English, and that this work was carried out in Chester-le-Street, where our little station is location, on the route from London to Edinburgh.
Chester-le-Street has, therefore, a tradition of making complex things simple, from the Bible in the first Millennium to the National Fares Manual in the third. Both are complex documents, not open to easy understanding, full of interesting information if you but know where to find it.
Our local churches help you understand the Bible: we help you understand the National Fares Manual, and its companion famous work of fiction, the National Rail timetable. We are, after all, a very small station on a great main line...