After a very early start in South Shields, we visited the remains of St Paul's monastery in Jarrow.
This was once home to the Venerable Bede. Aged seven, Bede joined a monastery and dedicated his life to scholarship, prayer and the keeping of records. He lived from 673 - 735. Not many people were writing things down then, so his work is still important today.
I doubt I'll ever be as well known in my lifetime as he is thirteen centuries after his death - but I'm OK with that.