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Much ado about the Minster

York Minster is one of the largest gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe and is regularly listed as a top thing to do in York. I’ve visited the Minster numerous times during the time that I have lived here, and I’ve never failed to be impressed by its grandeur. 450 more words


The Jesse Window explained

As the the new window, designed by Helen Whittaker, is installed Canon Mark Soady reflects:

Stained glass windows came in to being in Medieval times as a means of educating the largely illiterate public about the Good News of the Bible through visual images.

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martin reblogged this on Stained Glass from Welsh Churches and commented:

The new window by Helen Whittaker for Abergavenny is described, with some justification, as 'one of the greatest new works of church art in Wales since the Second World War' on the Church in Wales website. A crowned figure at York Minster dating to the mid-twelfth century is sometimes described as the earliest surviving painted panel of window glass in Britain, and probably came from a Jesse window. Other important medieval survivals include the later Jesse windows at York and Wells, as well as the most complete medieval window in Wales, at Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch, dating from 1533. But the subject is still returned to. The big east window of the Lady Chapel at Llandaff Cathedral also features the Tree of Jesse, and since it was made by Geoffrey Webb in 1951, it might also claim to be one of the most important commissions for church art in Wales. But in truth, there are plenty of others to choose from, such as Jacob Epstein's Majestas in Llandaff, and other outstanding windows on the same scale or of the highest quality, but they are just not so well known. The new window will be dedicated on 7 July by the Bishop of Monmouth.

My top 5 things to do in York

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York was the second city on our road trip and we fell completely in love with it! Here is a list of my personal favourite things to do in York. 1,193 more words


Divine intervention

So last Saturday I was having prosecco for breakfast and about to embark on a pretty much an all day sesh.  This weekend, as a counter to that, I went to the York Mystery Plays with the MiL.  275 more words

York #2

Here are some more pictures of York. I will probably post another collection in a few months. There is so much to see and to discover!


Historic City of York

Two years ago we went back to England to enjoy the nuptials of Pat’s sister Mitzi, and whilst there we visited the City of York to soak up some ancient history. 243 more words


Greetings from York

My mum and I. Whenever we’re together, it usually always involves a spot of tea, a lot of food and giggles. This time we decided to spend the day away from both hometowns and go off to York for the weekend. 687 more words