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THE NORTH TRANSEPT of YORK MINSTER

York Minster - North Transept architecture: The 'fantastic' north window in north transept, the so called Five Sisters' Window (~1260) made of grey and green 'grisaille' glass in geometrical patterns. The North transept is built in the Early English Gothic style of architecture. This giant lancet windows are 53 feet long and contain the largest expanse of old grisaille glass in existence and there are over 100, 000 individual pieces of glass!

 

The all round fine architecture of the north transept.

 

From a side view you can see the tracery of the 'Five Sisters' windows is supported by an extra set of internal pillars, effectively doubling the support for the whole window, an example of excellent medieval engineering.

 

Details of the five lower panels of the Five Sisters' stained glass Window, from left to right

The pattern of the lowest panel is reproduced up each of the five lights except for the lowest middle panel (but above this, the subsequent pattern is reproduced vertically in the higher panels)

York Minster - North Transept architecture: Window 1, panel 1

 

York Minster - North Transept architecture: Window 2, panel 1

 

York Minster - North Transept architecture: Window 3, panel 1, which differs significantly from the rest of the panels and depicts Daniel in the lion's den being fed by the prophet Habbakuk (Habakkuk?).

 

York Minster - North Transept architecture: Window 4, panel 1

 

York Minster - North Transept architecture: Window 5, panel 1

 

St John's Chapel, on the west side of the north transept

The Chapel of St John, Apostle & evangelist, is also the Regimental Memorial Chapel to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regiment.

 

 

A general view of St John's Chapel

York Minster - North Transept architecture: St John's Chapel, west side of the north transept.

 

Details of the architecture of the north end of St John's Chapel.

 

 

North Transept (St John's Chapel): Stained glass windows in St John's Chapel, some of this is 14th century glass panels from St. John's Church, Micklegate and these windows were placed here in memory of all ranks of the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry who laid down their lives in WWII 1939-1945

 

North Transept (St John's Chapel): The left window (above), of the second pair of stained glass window panels in St John's Chapel, where given by Sir Richard Yorks, Lord Mayor of the City of York in 1469 and 1482, to the Church of St John in Micklegate. This window is also dedicated  all ranks of the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry who laid down their lives in WWII 1939-1945. The right-hand window replaces windows that were dedicated to the officers and men, and their wives and children of the 51st and 944th regiments who died of cholera in India in 1861.

 

The Astronomical Clock

York Minster - North Transept architecture: On the east side of the north transept is the entrance to the vestibule (the passage way into chapter house) and the massive Astronomical Clock which is a memorial to 18,000 airmen and aircrew who died in World War II and had been stationed in the North-East. On the clock's reverse (not shown yet) is a map of the chief stars in the northern hemisphere, there positions altering with the time of the year.

 

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York Minster - North Transept architecture: A pair of stained glass windows in the east wall of the north transept, in fact in St Nicholas Chapel I think?

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