York, Yorkshire

Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York, Yorkshire

A small sign points you down a tiny little side alley, one of those many typical side alleys that pepper the ancient core of York. At the end you come across Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, apparently squashed into a tiny gap between lop-sided medieval buildings. The reality, of course, is that these medieval buildings sprang up around the Church rather than the other way around.

A church has stood here from at least the late 11th Century. The majority of what remains today is from the 14th and 15th Centuries. Forgotten amongst the back alleys, Holy Trinity has managed to retain many of its medieval structures – an almost unique double-sloping “saddleback” roof and some of the very best medieval glass in the City. Most famed is the east window of 1471 paid for by John Walker, the rector, who is immortalised in prayer in the centre panel.

The pews inside are Georgian box pews, the only ones to have survived in York.

Today the Church is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, but is still used for services on occasion.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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