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The tower of St Olave's Church, York

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St Olave's Church, York

The entrance to St Olave's Church, York from Marygate

St Olaf-Patron Saint of Norway. St Olave's was founded in 1055 by Siward, Earl of Northumbria. He dedicated it to St Olaf, the patron saint of his native Norway. The church can be accessed from Marygate or the Museum gardens.

 

Much of the present church dates from the 18th century (~1721), but the lower parts of the north wall and the tower date from the early 16th century.

Much of the present church of St Olave's Church, York dates from the 18th century (~1721), but the lower parts of the north wall and the tower date from the early 16th century. The columns of the aisle are 'Norman' style.

 

The chancel arch, chancel and east window of St Olave's Church, York.

 

There are impressive stained glass windows in St Olave's Church, York.

The medieval stained glass in the east window of St Olave's Church.

The medieval stained glass in the east window of St Olave's Church.

 

 

Details of the lower panes of stain glass.

 

The carved Norman font in St Olave Church.

 

St Dunstan - east window - medieval

 

St Olave - east window - medieval stained glass

 

Stained glass of St Olave's Church, York. - east window - medieval

 

Stained glass window - 'modern' - south aisle of chancel of St Olave's Church, York.

 

The medieval house to the right of St Olave's Church in Marygate, the archway is an entrance to the Museum Gardens.


More on St Olave's Church, York (adapted from Wikipedia)

St Olave's Church is situated within St Mary's Abbey walls, which was ruined in the Dissolution of the Monasteries. St Olave's Church, York is dedicated to St Olaf, patron saint of Norway. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle entry for 1055 records that ‘This year died Earl Siward at York; and his body lies in the minster at Galmanho, which he had himself ordered to be built and consecrated, in the name of God and St. Olave, to the honour of God and to all his saints.’

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 (Olav in Norwegian) anywhere.

St Olave's 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. The church was restored in 1848 - 1849. St Olave's Church, York was again renovated starting in 1887. The ceiling of lath and plaster which covered the central aisle of the nave was removed. The pillars, arches and north and west walls were stripped of paint and plaster. 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.

St Olave's has a strong musical tradition, with a large choir and recently restored organ, as well as a ring of six bells hung for change ringing. In addition the orchestra of the Academy of St Olave's performs three concerts each year and plays for one orchestral Mass on Remembrance Sunday. The Sunday sung eucharist is at 10.30 in St Olave's Church, York.


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