Letter: One of the ruins that Henry ...

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The Independent Online
Sir: In your admirable photograph of Holy Island ("Church seeks future in glorious past", 14 February) it is ironic that Lindisfarne Castle is in the foreground. Henry VIII built it as a defensive gun battery against the Scots and French by ruining the Priory - way to the left in the background of your picture. Nevertheless, visitors may still experience "still dews of quietness" on the island treasured by Cuthbert and Aidan long before Augustine of Canterbury landed in Kent.

IAN MACKENZIE

Wokingham, Berkshire

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