The York report 9 ~ York Minster Interior

Finally got to the last post on York, and this time inside York Minster.       York as a whole, and particularly the minster, have a long tradition of creating beautiful stained glass. Some of the stained glass in York Minster dates back to the 12th century. The Minster’s records show that much of the glass (white or coloured) came from Germany. Because of the extended time periods during which the glass was installed, different types of glazing and painting techniques which evolved over hundreds of years are visible in the different windows. Approximately two million individual pieces of glass make up the…

The York Report 7~York Minster exterior

York Minster, the 2nd largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe. And what a beauty, I could spend many happy hours in this stunning place. But first a potted history 🙂 Starting out as a wooden building in 627 AD (1388 yrs ago!!) in the 630’s it was rebuilt in stone then fell into disrepair by 670. A chap called St.Wilfred took over and repaired and renewed it. Then in 741 it was burnt down, and consequently rebuilt with even more impressive stonework. The church and the entire area then passed through the hands of numerous invaders, and its history is obscure…

The York Report 6 ~ The Treasurers House.

Another little bit of history and today it’s all about Frank Green and The Treasurers House. York Minster, the whopping great Cathedral that I’ve yet to do a post on, first had a treasurer in 1091. Thats 924 yrs ago! Not surprisingly the original building is gone apart from an external wall from the 12th century. In 1547 The Reformation put paid (pun intended 🙂 ) to the job of treasurer and the house was given to The Archbishops of York. Thomas Young who was Archbishop between 1561 and 1568, and his descendants are responsible for the structure of Treasurer’s House as…

The York Report 5 ~ the quirky bits

York is more than just great architecture of course. It’s also full of interesting people and shops, and this post pays homage to them. Phil was pleased to find a model shop next to Monk Bar. Model Shops are being killed off bit by bit by the internet (the way the world is going), so we went and had a look around, but they didn’t do tanks, so a bit disappointing and we didn’t stay long. The Teddy Bear shop was full of special bears, and had a tea room upstairs, though we didn’t partake. I liked the giant chocolate coloured Teddy chained…

The York Report 4~ a miscellany

I have a few odds and sods to post that don’t fit into one category, so here they are, Firstly I forgot to take a shot of the outside of our hotel, but did think the light fixture in our room was very funky. Also we had mood lighting in the bathroom lol, they were blue LED’s and looked very pretty. You can see part of the old city wall here, and this is the exact place Princess Margaret, who was Henry VIII sister, entered York on her progress up to Scotland, after she was married by proxy to James IV…

The York report 3 ~going medieval

It is amazing wandering around York and seeing all the medieval old shops and churches. It’s quite staggering they remain standing, some of their walls are so wonky, I guess there’s an invisible army of restoration people who manage the upkeep of them. this next shot drove me crazy looking at it, verticals and horizontals and none on the same plane! In this one, you can see the buildings either side of Jones are more modern, and straight and true, god knows how Jones is not collapsing in on itself. That one you might think is a sad reflection on our times,…

The York Report 2~not just medieval

Before going into more medieval architecture, it’s worth having a little break and noting some of the more modern, but still architecturally delightful, buildings in York. One of the first buildings we saw was The York Art Museum. Created for second Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition of 1879 within the grounds of the medieval St Mary’s Abbey known as Bearparks Garden and designed by York architect Edward Taylor. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to go in, but is definitely on the list for a return visit. Another striking building belongs to Barclays Bank! The bank was built in 1901 to a design by Edmund…

The York Report 1 -streets of York.

SO here we go, the series start of my photo’s from York, this may take some while :). The History Bit York is ancient! Mesolithic items have shown up in digs around the area, that’s 7/8000 yrs BC to you and me, then the British tribes of the Brigantes & the Parisii before the Romans took it over after the conquest of Britain (Spaghetti Bolognese is still this present day England peoples favourite meal to cook 😉 ) It was the Romans who really put it on the map. During the conquest the Brigantes became a Roman client state, but, when their leadership changed…