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2c. The Church of St Michael-le-Belfry

The church on the left is St Michael le Belfry rebuilt about 1525-1537 during King Henry VIII's break with Rome and a fine example of Tudor architecture and contains 14th to 16th century glass. The Church of St Michael-le-Belfry is the only pre-reformation church built at one time and lies across the road from the Minster where Low Petergate meets High Petergate and where the infamous Guy Fawkes was baptised.

The facade is mainly Victorian but much of the interior architecture dates from the 16th century.

The Church of St Michael-le-Belfry, viewed from roof gallery above the south transept, en route to the top of the Minster Tower.

 

The "le-belfry" either refers to the Minster belfry or to an older church on the site? John Forman, the Minster's master mason at the time built it in the Tudor Gothic style with renaissance influences. It was and is the largest parish church in the city. originally serving a wealthy community of merchants and craftsmen.

 

The nave, aisle arches and the east window and altar of Church of St Michael-le-Belfry. The splendid Reredos is from 1712 by William Etty with large Corinthian columns.

 

Looking across to the north aisle of Church of St Michael-le-Belfry.

 


Much of the original very fine stained glass from the 16th century survives


 The stained glass windows in the north wall of the Church of St Michael-le-Belfry

1. Stained glass window in the Church of St Michael-le-Belfry

 

2. Stained glass window in the Church of St Michael-le-Belfry

 

3. Stained glass window in the Church of St Michael-le-Belfry

 


 The stained glass east window in the Church of St Michael-le-Belfry

The glass of the east window dates from ~1330

Four detailed images of this fine glass are shown below.


 The stained glass windows in the south wall of the Church of St Michael-le-Belfry

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Details of 1. east end of south aisle

 

Detail of 1. east end of south aisle

 

Detail of 1. Bird of prey?

 

2. In the middle of the south aisle

 

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