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24. The Parish of All Saints Pavement Church, St Mary's Church, Castlegate (now art display centre)

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All Saints Church, Pavement, York

On the north door of All Saints Pavement, York, is a replica of a 12th century Doom Knocker, representing the Mouth of Hell.

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The octagonal tower Parish and Guild Church of All Saints, Pavement. The lantern tower (19th C reproduction?) is one of the finest in England and the original medieval octagonal tower would have guided people to York.

 

All Saints is just at the end of Parliament Street where it meets Coppergate and High Ousegate.

 

The east end of All Saints, much of the building dates from the 14th to 15th century. The Domesday Book records a church here in 1087 called All Hallows and in the churchyard Saxon and Danish burial stones have been found.

 

The nave of All Saints, Pavement and the great east window above the altar. The stained glass is by the celebrated Victorian artist Charles E. Kempe. The original chancel was demolished in 1782 to allow more room for the grain market.

 

The east window depicts a host of Saints.

 

Looking down the nave to the west window

 

 Left: Lectern (details below). Right: The fine pulpit on the right dates from 1634. Its canopy, called a tester or sounding board, was meant to amplify the preacher's voice for the benefit of the congregation. The Anglican clergyman John Wesley (1703-1791), noted evangelist and co-founder of Methodism, preached from this pulpit on several occasions.

 

On the left of the entrance to the chancel is a 15th century lectern that was originally in St Crux Church, York. On one side is a hole for holding a scroll of music and on the other is a curious carving of a man with a floppy hat and a lolling tongue (see pictures below).

 

The carved figures on the lectern support.

 

The praying angels at the east end of the north aisle.

 

Above the vestry door are replicas of the sword and gauntlets of Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of  Northumberland, who was executed in the Pavement in 1572 for leading a rebellion against Queen Elizabeth I.

 

A fine brass panel of ?

 

Some medieval glass lenses from the lamp that was once in the octagonal tower of All Saints Pavement Church, which was built~1400.

 

The west window is made of ancient glass from ~1370 comprising a collection of fragments from St Saviour's Church, York. It has a unique series of Passion Panels (more detailed pictures of these 14th century stained glass panels below).

Some details of the stained glass panels of the west window.


Street musicians by the side of All Saints Pavement Church, York


St Mary's Church, Castlegate - redundant as a church but used as an art gallery display area

The tower of St Mary's Church, Castlegate, York

St Mary's Castlegate was founded in 1020, probably on the site of a Saxon church. The building dates mainly from the 13th, 14th and 15th century, when the 154ft/47m spire was built

 

St Mary's Church from the Coppergate shopping complex near the River Foss

 

The pictures above and below show The Memory of Place by Keiko Mukaide in 2007. The lighted candles drift slowly down the shallow wide water trough.

 

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In 2011 more than a thousand flattened silver objects were suspended in the nave of York St Mary's. The work is entitled Thirty Pieces of Silver. The 'installation'?, is by internationally renowned artist Cornelia Parker and includes plates, spoons, candlesticks, trophies, cigarette cases, teapots and trombones, which Cornelia collected and then squashed with a steamroller. The objects are arranged into thirty disc-shaped groups and suspended from the roof of the former church by fine wires, a few centimetres off the ground so that they seem to hover

 

Some fine carving on the capitals.

 

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Panes of medieval stained glass in St Mary's Church.

 

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St James window.

 

 

More of the painted glass panels within the medieval tracery of the windows - Victorian I assume?

 


Due to the floods in York in December 2015, the Jorvik Centre is closed while being refurbished for the Spring of 2017

In the mean time, in 2016, various exhibitions on the Vikings are being held around York including St Mary's Church, Castlegate.

A nice view of two cultures!

 

 

A fine medieval setting for a Viking exhibition!

 

 

 

 

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