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Introduction to York Minster

 

 

THE CROSSING, Quire entrance & Screen and CENTRAL TOWER of YORK MINSTER

York Minster - The Crossing and Tower: The 15th century Central Tower at the Crossing, built in the Perpendicular style and is 200 feet high.

 

Looking from the south transept into the Crossing, the nave goes off to the left and beyond on the right is the north transept.

York Minster - The Crossing and Tower: Magnificent stone vaulting in the nave and chancel in all directions from the central tower at the intersection of the nave, choir and transepts of York Minster. The central tower was finished around 1480.

York Minster - The Crossing and Tower: On the cleft the triforum and clerestory windows above the pointed nave arches.

 

York Minster - The Crossing and Tower: Looking up from the north aisle at the crossing up into the tower

 

York Minster - The Crossing and Tower: The central boss is 4 feet and 6 inches across and shows St Peter with two keys and St Paul with his symbol, a sword.

York Minster - The Crossing and Tower: The crossing from the nave

 

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York Minster - The Crossing and Tower: Beyond the altar at the east end of the nave is the 15th century screen and entrance to the Quire (Choir) below the organ console.

 

York Minster - The Crossing and Tower: The screen is decorated with statues of the fifteen kings of England from William I to Henry VI. All the figures are the originals from the 15th century except that end one on the right of Henry VI, which is a 19th century replacement. Above all the kings, angels play medieval instruments to the glory of God and father who sits over the arch.

York Minster - The Crossing and Tower: Looking across from the south transept to the north transept and the Screen and Choir-Quire entrance. It is probable that William Hyndley carved the Screen , because under King John there is a hind, his sign and play on his name.

 

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VIEWS FROM THE CENTRAL TOWER of YORK MINSTER

York Minster - The Crossing and Tower: The stone stairs that wind your way up to the top of the tower.

 

York Minster - Views from the Tower: The West Towers viewed from the Minster Tower

York Minster - Views from the Tower: Details of the south and north West Towers.

 

York Minster - Views from the Tower: The library of York Minster and part of the City Walls beyond.

 

York Minster - Views from the Tower: Looking north from the Minster Tower

 

York Minster - Views from the Tower: Chimney and restored-replaced decorated pinnacle (fine stonework of the modern mason) at the east end of the Minster.

 

York Minster - Views from the Tower: The centre of York with its closely huddled streets, very much based on the medieval street plan

 

 

York Minster - Views from the Tower: Looking down on the streets around Minster Gates

 

York Minster - Views from the Tower: The arches of York Railway Station and Hotel

 

York Minster - Views from the Tower: Monkbar-Monkgate, the eastern entrance to York City

 

York Minster - Views from the Tower: Looking south-east towards the Castle (Clifford's Tower) on its mound, the octagonal tower of All Saints Church, Pavement and the spire of St Mary's Church, Castlegate.

York Minster - Views from the Tower: A broader view of the same scene with the power stations in the distance.

 

York Minster - Views from the Tower: The Mansion House in St Helen's Square, viewed from the Minster Tower.

 

York Minster - Views from the Tower: The Church of St Michael-le-Belfry, viewed from roof gallery above the south transept, en route to the top of the Minster Tower.

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