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Five Steps Towards Forgiveness, by Jean Vanier. The church of St Martin le Grand is a most special and quiet place to exit the busy tourist schedule for a few minutes of reflection, especially if the all too typical news headlines are still in your mind.  The organ was a gift from the German Government as a token of reconciliation and there is a memorial to people who died in the 1942 air raids on York AND the German airmen who also died.

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St Martin le Grand Church, Coney Street, York

St Martin-le-Grand Church: Only the tower, entrance and south aisle survive from the once much larger church of St Martin le Grand, enlarged in the 15th century, but services are still performed here its now restored state. The building was badly damaged by German bombing in the 2nd World War but enough of the medieval stonework survives and stained glass survives to make it worth a visit. The medieval remnants largely consist of the 15th century Perpendicular tower (~1437) and the 14th century south aisle, south arcade and the south part of the nave. The churches foundation probably pre-dates the Norman Conquest.

St Martin-le-Grand Church: The iconic clock at the east end of St Martin le Grand

St Martin-le-Grand Church: What remains of St Martin-le-Grand is mainly 15th century though it is pre-Norman Conquest in origin. The tower was completed in 1437.

 

St Martin-le-Grand Church: The Great West window is considered one of the finest 15th century windows in the country (see below).

 

The magnificent St Martin le Grand stained glass window depicting the life of St Martin that once stood on the west wall of the 15th century medieval church.

St Martin-le-Grand Church: The huge magnificent St Martin le Grand stained glass window depicting the life of St Martin that once stood on the west wall of the 15th century medieval church. Fortunately this great west stained glass window was removed as a precaution against war damage so all visitors to York can still wonder at its marvellous 15th century craftsmanship as it has been reset in the rebuilt north wall. The window dates from the 15th century (~1437).

St Martin-le-Grand Church: Some detail images of panels from the great St Martin le Grand west stained glass window

 

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St Martin-le-Grand Church: Looking down the church to the altar and east window.

 

St Martin-le-Grand Church: Above the altar is the modern relief of Christ and the twelve apostles at the Last Supper and the modern stained glass east window above it (details below).

 

St Martin-le-Grand Church: Modern stained glass panels in the south wall

 

 

 

 

The organ and the stained glass window above the altar.

St Martin-le-Grand Church: Panel from the stained glass windows in the south wall

 

St Martin-le-Grand Church: Panel from the stained glass windows in the south wall

 

St Martin-le-Grand Church: Panel from the stained glass windows in the south wall

 

St Martin-le-Grand Church: Panel from the stained glass windows in the south wall

St Martin-le-Grand Church: A couple of medieval carved heads on the pillars of the nave.

 

St Martin-le-Grand Church: Two other carvings - a lion and bearded man.

 

St Martin-le-Grand Church: A couple of medieval? gargoyles on the outside wall.

 

Two Roman columns erected in the ruined part of St Martin-le-Grand church.

 

On the side of the building on Coney Street, next to St Martin-le-Grand Church, is a plaque in honour of one of the French RAF pilots (Pilot Officer Yves Mahe) protecting the City of York from bombing raids on the 29th of April 1942.

 

Just across the road from St Martin's Church is a block of fine looking timber-framed houses which maybe of medieval origin.

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