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Introduction to York Minster

THE octagonal CHAPTER HOUSE of YORK MINSTER

York Minster - Chapter House: Looking through the Chapter House doorway from the vestibule passage way into the octagonal Chapter House itself built between 1260 and 1280 (or completed by 1286?). The doors have the original fine 13th century iron-work embossed on them. In here the Dean and Chapter would meet to discuss the affairs and administration of the Minster. The sculpture of the Virgin and Child is carved into the supporting stonework. The chapter house is 63 feet across and about the same height to the top of the dome and a remarkable construction, since it is without a central pillar supporting the domed roof.

 

York Minster - Chapter House: The ceiling is highly decorated.

York Minster - Chapter House: How the Chapter House roof is supported

The stained glass of the Chapter House

There are five sets of great stained glass windows, much of the glass is original. Canopied stalls set around the walls below the stained glass windows have a remarkable set of carvings (see further down)

 

York Minster - Chapter House: Details of one of the painted glass windows.

The carvings of the Chapter House

York Minster - Chapter House: A small sample of the remarkable variety of carvings of heads, animals, birds, plant foliage etc. and these with other carvings in the vestibule constitute some of the finest medieval carvings in Europe, if not the world? Their extremely good state of preservation has been helped by being inside escaping the ravages of the weather.

 

York Minster - Chapter House: Picking grapes? in Yorkshire!?


 

 

 


The carvings of the canopies above the seats for the clergy in the Chapter House

Seven sets of six seats in clockwise order, the entrance/exit completes the octagonal shape of the Chapter House


York Minster - Chapter House: The start at the entrance exit, going clockwise!

 

1. Driffield

 

2. Givendale

 

3. Bugthorpe

 

Detail between 3. and 4.

 

4. Ulleskelf

 

5. South Cave

 

6. Botevant?


7. Holme

 

8. Bilton

 

Above and below - details from 8.

 

 

Detail between 8. and 9.

 

9. Apecthorpe

 

Detail between 9. and 10.

10. Selby

 

11. South Newheld

 

12. Cleveland


13. Stillington

 

14. Ampleforth

 

Detail between 14. and 15.

 

15. York

 

York Minster - Chapter House: three pictures (i) to (iii) of same detail between 15. and 16.

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

 

16 Warthill

 

Detail between 16. and 17.

 

17. North Newbold

 

Detail between 17. and 18.

 

18. blank!


19. Laughton

 

Detail of 19.

 

20. Dunnington

 

Detail between 20. and 21.

 

21. The Dean

 

Detail of 21.

 

22. Tockerington

 

Detail of 22.

 

 

23. Salton

 

Detail between 22. and 23.

 

24. Newthorpe

 

 Detail of 24.


25. Bramham

 

26. blank!

 

27. Knaresborough

 

28. Langtoft

 

29. Hull

 

30. Grindal


31. Husthwaite

 

32. Burnby

 

33. Beverley

 

34. Weighton

 

35. Streasall

 

36. Penton

 

 

Details between 36. and 37.


37.East Riding

 

38. Riccall

 

39. Wilton

 

40. Fridaythorpe

 

41. Bole

 

42. Masham

 

York Minster - Chapter House: The end, at the entrance/exit, after going clockwise

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