Medieval Churches of York Tour I, York

By 1330 there had been around 45 parish churches in York. Twenty of them survive, in whole or in part, and they are amazing. Today, twelve of the surviving churches hold services. Take this tour to become acquainted with these magnificent sacred places.
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Medieval Churches of York Tour I Map

Guide Name: Medieval Churches of York Tour I
Guide Location: England » York (See other walking tours in York)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: val
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St. Olave's Church

1) St. Olave's Church

St Olave's is an Anglican church situated on Marygate by St Mary's Abbey.

The church is situated within St Mary's Abbey walls, which was ruined in the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It is dedicated to St Olaf, patron saint of Norway. Galmanho is a former name for the area where the church stands and Siward, Earl of Northumbria is believed to have had his York residence. This is the earliest date for a church dedication to St Olaf anywhere.

The church was extensively rebuilt in the 15th century. Substantial repairs were carried out in the 1720s including the insertion of windows in the north aisle, the wall of which had earlier served as part of the abbey and later city defences. A new chancel was added in 1887-9 by George Fowler Jones, a York architect, and later extended in 1906. This contains the five-light 15th-century east window. Despite these changes the architectural style is broadly 15th century.

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St. Wilfrid's Catholic Church

2) St. Wilfrid's Catholic Church

St. Wilfrid's is a Roman Catholic church located in the centre of York. A Church dedicated to St. Wilfrid has stood in York since medieval times.

Catholics call it the "Mother Church of the city of York." It is in Gothic Revival style. The Arch over the main door has the most detailed Victorian carving in the city. The present Church was completed in 1864 and it was considered to be one of the most perfectly finished Catholic Churches in England, rich in sculptures, paintings and stained glass. Since 1998, the current parish priest of St. Wilfrid's is the Very Reverend Canon Michael Ryan.

The tower is some 147 ft high and is visible around much of York. Ten bells were added to the tower in 1995.

Opening hours: Winter: Monday – Sunday: 7:30 am – 3 pm

Summer: Monday – Sunday: 7:30 am – 5 pm

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St. Michael le Belfrey Church

3) St. Michael le Belfrey Church (must see)

St. Michael le Belfrey, an Anglican church, is located next to York Minster in the heart of the city. The present church was built between 1525 and 1536, replacing one dating back to at least 1294. It is famous for being the place where Guy Fawkes was christened in 1570. The church was also the scene of the wedding of Christopher Levett, the English explorer, to Mercy More in 1608. In the early 1970s, the parish of St. Michael le Belfrey joined with the nearby St. Cuthbert's Church, which had experienced a revival in the late 1960s under the leadership of David Watson, and could no longer accommodate its congregation. Nowadays the church continues to reflect the creativity that was encouraged under the David Watson era. There are six services usually held on Sunday and two during the week
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York Minster

4) York Minster (must see)

York Minster, a Gothic cathedral, is one of the largest of its kind in northern Europe alongside the Cologne Cathedral. The title "Minster" is attributed to missionary churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period. It is the seat of the Archbishop of York and the site of the Diocese of York. The nave contains the West Window, constructed in 1338, and over the Lady Chapel on the east end is the Great East Window, finished in 1408, which is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. In the north transept is the Five Sisters Window, each lancet being over 16 meters high. The south transept contains the famous Rose Window. The organ of the church, which was reconstructed several times after several fires, is one of the most expensive ones in England.
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Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate

5) Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate (must see)

Founded in the first half of the 12th century, its architecture is that of the 13th and 14th centuries, with woodwork and pews from the 17th and 18th centuries. The stained glass over the altar was a gift of John Walker, dating back to 1470-1480, a rare date in York glass. The churchyard is secluded behind rows of old buildings, accessed by narrow alleyways. It is about as close as you can get to how a church would have looked after the Reformation: dark, quiet, homely, with uneven floors, high box pews and plain walls.
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St. Andrew's Evangelical Church

6) St. Andrew's Evangelical Church

The building of St. Andrew's Evangelical Church has been used as a school, a stable and even a brothel. In 1548 it was closed by the York City Council and sold for secular use. Between 1730 and 1823, St. Peter’s School was located here. In the early 20th century, the doors of St. Andrew's Evangelical Church were opened once again and services are still held to this day.
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St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel

7) St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel was built in 1693 for Presbyterians, soon after the 1689 Act of Toleration, an act of Parliament granting freedom of worship. In 1756 the church became Unitarian. It was constructed in the form of a Greek cross, with a lofty central tower, and was probably the first large building in the city to have load bearing brick walls. Its large windows give it a unique airy feel.
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St. Cuthbert's Church

8) St. Cuthbert's Church

St. Cuthbert's Church was built in 1430 by William de Bowes, the Lord Mayor of York. It passed on to the Thompson family, one of whose daughters was the mother of James Wolfe, hero of Quebec. Thus, this church has been called “The Cradle of Canada,” which is commemorated by the flags of Canada and the USA adorning the church. It is linked with St. Michael le Belfrey Church.
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St. Denys's Church

9) St. Denys's Church

The Church of St Denys, Walmgate is a Grade I listed building. It was built on the site of a Saxon church and possibly of a Roman temple (the earliest records date from ca. 1154). Inside some of the earliest stained glass in York can be found: the sculpted Norman doorway and 15th century heraldic roof are also noteworthy features. The figure of St Denys can be seen in the 15th century east window - fewer than 40 English churches are dedicated to this French saint.

The church was originally a lot larger than it is now, as part of the church subsided after the king's fishpool was drained; another part gave way shortly after as a sewer was being built nearby and the current main entrance is situated where a window used to be.

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St. Margaret Church

10) St. Margaret Church

St. Margaret is one of two surviving medieval churches of the original six in the Walmgate area. It dates back to at least the 12th century, though most of the present structure is from the 14th. Exceptions to this are its red brick tower, built in 1684 after the collapse of the previous tower, and the Romanesque tunnel-vaulted south porch, which is adorned with carvings of the zodiac signs and the Labors of the Months. St. Margaret was restored and enlarged in 1851, but its congregation gradually declined and it was declared redundant in 1974. It was subsequently used as a storehouse for the York Theatre Royal until its adaptation for use as a performance space and conference facility by the National Centre for Early Music in 2000.
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