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The Stained Glass of All Saints, North Street

Close-up of stained glass window from All Saints church, North Street, York depicting three seated figures wearing robes.

Thursday 06 July
Depart: Parkinson Steps: 13.00
Arrive: Parkinson Steps: 19.00
Price: £25.00

The parish church of All Saints on North Street in York formerly belonged to the Priory of Holy Trinity. Originally a simple rectangular cell, the church gradually expanded to include an aisled nave of three bays, as well as additional chapels on either side of the chancel.

The church is particularly notable for its exceptional collection of stained glass, dating from the second quarter of the 14th century through to the first half of the 15th century. Highlights of the collection include the Corporal Acts of Mercy Window and the Pricke of Conscience Window, which depicts 15 signs indicating the end of the world and incorporates the Middle English text of the poem that describes these events. Recently All Saints was given an award from the National Heritage Lottery Fund towards the restoration and preservation of its stained glass.

This visit will give participants the chance to see the restored glass, as well as learning more about the process of conservation. Participants will also have the opportunity to view archaeological finds from the church and visit the anchorhold.

This tour will be guided by David Mercer (Project Manager, All Saints North Street) and Alison Gilchrist (Barley Studio), who was involved in the conservation of the stained glass.