I had first heard about Holy Trinity Church right here on VT and really wanted to see it, and it did not disappoint me. It is a wonderful, cute little church in a beautiful setting, and absolutely worth a visit. Moreover, there are some very interesting and ancient features to see in this church.
The present church was built in the 13th century and partly rebuilt in the 15th century. There was already a church at this spot in the 11th century, though, and some evidence of that one is still present today. Holy Trinity is grade I listed, and apart from some small changes made in the 19th century there have been no further changes.
It is beautifully located in a small churchyard that lies off Goodramgate. You enter through a small gate and feel like in a different world - suddenly it is so calm and it looks like a place in a rural, idyllic village. You cannot imagine that you just came from a very busy street in the middle of a bustling city! I really liked the architecture of the church, it just looks like a perfect English church.
In my photos you can see some of the most interesting features you can see inside.
Picture 1 shows the box pews from the 17th century. Not many pews like these are left across the UK because usually they were removed in the 19th century, but in this church they survived. Each of the boxes was rented annually to a family.
Picture 4 shows a carved grave slab from the 13th century. There is floriate cross carved into the stone, as well as a fish and a cauldron. These indicate the profession of the person who passed away, so probably it was a fish monger or dealer.
Picture 5 shows a Hagioscope, something I had never heard about before! It is an angled window in the wall of the small side chapel that allows the chantry priest to look at the "main" priest at the high altar and synchronise his actions with him.
Close to the southern door of the Minster, there is a statue of Constantine the Great. He was proclaimed Emperor of Rome in 306A.D., right here in York! Of course the Minster was not there at that time, but at the very spot there were the headquarters of the Roman fortress and it is highly probable that the proclamation took place there.
Constantine was the first Roman Emperor who became a Christian and therefore was utterly important to the course of European history.
Three weeks after my visit to York I travelled to Milan and saw a statue of Constantine the Great in front of the church of San Lorenzo alle Colonne. Constantine stopped the prosecution of Christians through the Edict of Milan in 313A.D. Seeing two statues of the same person about 2000km away from each other made me realize how huge the Roman Empire actually was!
St Williams College is a beautiful half-timbered building located close to the Minster. It was shown to me during our VT meeting and I thought it strikingly beautiful at once, especially when the sun was shining and the white looked so bright.
The house was built in 1461 and it was a school for the young men educated at the Minster to become priests. It was named after St William, a nephew of King Stephen and maybe a descendent of William the Conquerer. During the 16th and 17th century it was altered a lot and was used as simple tenements. In the Civil War, it was used by King Charles I as home for his printing presses. Today, it can be hired for venues and is also home to a restaurant.
You are free to walk into the inner courtyard and admire the fantastic framework!
If you have a chance, visit York at night.
Thanks to Colin [Brittania2] and Maureen, who took us around and showed us the City lit up at night.
It was lovely, especially the Minster, worth doing if you can!
This is a very nice Memorial that I came across near York Minster. Built in Gothic revival style, it's octagonal and really ornate! It honour's all the York men who died in second Boer War (1899-1902). 500,000 British troops faced a force of 88,000 from the two Boer republics, resulting in the most costly war's the British have been involved in!
St. John's University was another historic building that I found attractive. The building's were set amongst lovely green lawn's and shrubbery, what a nice setting for a University!
The university descends from two Anglican teacher training colleges, which merged in 1974 to form the College of Ripon and York St John.
The Old White Swan is Pub
It is a collection of around nine buildings and dates back to the 16th century which will place the pub along with the Black Swan, Punchbowl, and Ye Olde Starre Inne as one of York’s oldest.
Historically, it's quite an interesting Pub. In the back courtyard, there still are timber framed medieval building's, but look for the stone rock that was used as 'mountings' to help people board the stagecoaches of yesteryear and contain four steps.
One of its' most famous guest's was a 'Mr O'Brian' who was eight foot tall who visited on the 5th of August 1781 by permission of the Lord Mayor.
The landlord at the time charging a shilling to see the visitor. Poor man!
As with many Old pub's around York, it has a tale or two to tell.
It is thought that the pub was a secret meeting place for papists who planned to flee to France. Ghostly figures have been seen huddled around the fire in the early morning, but the fire was left unlit, how had the fire been relit, the Staff said they didn't do it?
Also there are tales of furniture being flung around by themselves and muffled voices and footsteps.
Is it true! Is is haunted! I wonder!
This row of joined together Cottage's are known as "Lady Row."
They date from 1316 and are the earliest row of houses surviving in the city.
The houses are very simple, made of plastered timber framing with roofs of curved tiles.
The original row was 128 feet long and only 18 feet deep, and had two storeys and eleven bays. Each bay formed a single home with one room on each floor, but at least one tenement occupied two bays. They were built as a home for the poorer people of York.
Seven of the bays remain largely intact today, others have been replaced by taller brick buildings. In 1827 there was a proposal to re-open the whole churchyard to the street by pulling down Lady Row altogether, thankgoodness this threat was never realized!
I found these on Goodramgate street. They nearly hide the view of the Holy Trinity Church, and there is a reason for this. The houses were built in the original churchyard and their rental income was used towards the church's running expenses.
Petergate was the main cross road of York.
I noticed a statue sitting on top of the "Shared Earth" shop. It was the statue of Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom, sitting with an owl and a pile of books, a reminder of the days when this was the street of bookbinders and booksellers.
This point is also the main road intersection of Roman York and the entrance to the Roman military headquarters.
The York Art Gallery opened its doors to the public in 1879, then in 1892 became the City Art Gallery.
The gallery looks out over Exhibition Square, also created in 1879, and to the city walls and York Minster. The centrepiece of the square is a statue of York artist William Etty which was erected in 1911 and a fountain.
The Art gallery display's paintings and ceramics and holds exhibition's that change every few month's.
Paintings are displayed in six areas over the two floors of the gallery and are divided into themes such as people and places.
OPEN... daily from 10am until 5pm, except 25 and 26 December and 1 January.
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