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Trip Report York Churches

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I’ve recently come back from a weekend in York and discovered some more churches which I’ve added to my web pages.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/north_yorkshire/york/index.html

I spent a full day in the Minster, doing the guided tour, taking photos and going round the exhibition in the Undercroft. I don’t know what it was about the south transept, but each time I tried to take photos it jinxed the camera. I had to make two trips to a very good camera shop on Church Street to sort out the problems. I never did succeed in getting a good picture of it. I finished off with choral evensong in the quire. This was the highlight of the day. Apart from the psalm and hymn, the choir sung unaccompanied and there voices echoed round the Minster, filling it with sound. After the service had finished, the organist launched out into Bach’s glorious Toccata and Fugue in D minor. The music thundered out, and was uplifting. It was dusk as we left the Minster. The street lights were on and the shops were all lit up. It was a magical experience.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/north_yorkshire/york/york_1/minster/index.html

I also managed to get into St Michael in the Belfrey, in between services on Sunday morning. This is a church that adopts a modern approach to religion with AV screens and a group of young musicians. The church was full. St Michael in the Belfrey was were Guy Fawkes was Christened. The font has disappeared and no-one knows what happened to it. The church uses a small moveable font for infant baptisms and has a large pool for adult baptisms.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/north_yorkshire/york/york_2/st_michael_belfrey/index.html

Holy Trinity Church on Goodramgate still has its C17th box pews, slowly subsiding into the nave. No longer used, it is lovingly cared for by the Church Conservation Trust and is a delight.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/north_yorkshire/york/york_1/holy_trinity/index.html

Holy Trinity Church on Micklegate is still very much in use. This is the only monastic church to have survived in York after the Reformation and there is a small exhibition at the back of the church. This is a church with a lot of character. The east window is by Kempe and there is a lovely small window of St Nicholas rescuing children who had been drowned in a tub of salt in the chapel at the back of the church.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/north_yorkshire/york/york_1/holy_trinity_mickle/htm_two/index.html

St Mary’s Church, Bishophill Junior is probably the oldest church in York with a Saxon tower. The tower arch is thought to have been made with recycled Roman stone from one of the gateways into York. I found this completely by chance as it was signed off Micklegate. It is ignored by the guide books but really is a hidden gem. There is the base of a carved Saxon cross and the reredos is Temple Moore at his best.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/north_yorkshire/york/york_2/st_mary_bishophill/index.html

Another hidden gem off the tourist beat is the Bar Convent just outside Micklegate Bar and close to the station. This is the oldest surviving Roman Catholic convent in England. As well as the exhibition and chapel with its neo-classical dome and beautiful mother of pearl Stations of the cross, the Bar Convent also has a very good restaurant. For those coming by train it serves a range of breakfasts until 9.30. I can recommend the soup and cakes.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/north_yorkshire/york/york_1/bar_convent/index.html

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