The contract has now been placed, and sample panels for the different shades of blue for the Chancel ceiling have been ordered. The Chancel Arch, over the Rood Screen, will be painted in the same colour scheme as the Chancel ceiling. It was painted when it was first installed, with the Chancel Screen, in 1926 It seems odd now that the bright colours were painted over (possibly in the 1970’s) The Church Building Council has queried the darkness of the […]
On Friday 13th October, we were delighted to welcome the wonderful choir of George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh to sing Evensong with us. This beautiful service was much enjoyed by all who attended and we thank the choir for choosing to celebrate with us.
We were delighted to be chosen to be part of this year’s Heritage Open Days New Wave scheme, which offers training and support for organisations to create events by and for 18-25 year olds. We hosted our Glassmaster Stained Glass Challenge events on 11th and 13th of September. Over two nights, thirty-one young adults competed to find information about our medieval parishioners and the history of the city, then used those clues to develop some incredibly detailed and stunning stained […]
Now that the windows have been fully restored, and preserved for future generations, it is time to think about re-painting the rather shabby looking walls. (Unlike earlier centuries, this only involves the inside of the building—the last of the white painted external plaster appears to have been removed in about 1860, though Dr Richards claims to have found segments below ground level on the medieval footings of the South Wall). The paintwork is particularly bad behind The High Altar, partly […]
The Font is once more, as in medieval times placed near to the main entrance – and visible from both entrances (indeed all three medieval entrances, for there is a blocked doorway at the East End of the South Aisle). This is as it should be, since the font represents the spiritual way into The Church, through Baptism. The canopy over the font is of 20th century construction, designed by the architect George Pace (died in York 23rd August 1975) […]
We are grateful, not only to all those who are working so hard to complete the restoration of the windows, but also to everyone who works so hard to keep our Church going during these difficult times – working between builders, and during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Work has continued (with the help of The Heritage Lottery Fund) – not only on the stained glass, but stone repairs to two of the North Aisle Windows, the now completed “Kitchen in a cupboard” unit at the back of the South Aisle, and the display stands for information cards on not just the windows, but the myriad of fascinating features in “York’s Finest Medieval Church”. These information sheets, and “trail maps” around the building should all be completed in […]