Stained Glass of the Church of All Saints, North Street, York 3(h) ST JAMES, OUR LADY AND THE MIRACULOUS MASS WINDOW - lots of fragments of medieval glass in the bottom panes.
In this window of the south nave aisle the figure on the left is St James, dressed in the garb of a pilgrim to his own shrine at Compestela. In the middle is our Lady crowned as Queen of Heaven and holding the Blessed Infant. On the right Christ appears on the altar to an archbishop celebrating mass, perhaps St Martin or more likely St Gregory the Great. Robert Colynson asked in his will of 1450 for a priest to sing a daily trental of St Gregory in the church for the space of three years, so perhaps he also paid for the image of St Gregory in the window. The borders of the window incorporate angels playing instruments and the bottom panel contain fragments of lost glazing from other parts of the church. The fragments include the head of a bearded man in chain mail and helmet, two figures of prophets and a circular inscribed border to a heraldic device. There are also portions of canopies, inscriptions, heraldic devices and a merchant's mark.
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