SE6051 : Tracery, Pricke of Conscience window, All Saints' church

taken 7 years ago, near to York, Great Britain

Tracery, Pricke of Conscience window, All Saints' church
Tracery, Pricke of Conscience window, All Saints' church
St Peter receives the elect in the top quatrefoil of the window.

A unique window, the only one in Europe to incorporate the text of a poem (of over 9000 lines, written in middle English) concerning the last 15 days of the world.
Stylistically, the painting appears to be by John Thornton of Coventry, responsible for the east window of York Minster.
The foot of the window shows several donors; note that they are all facing to the right, where a large statue of Our Lady once stood.
The window was given by members of the Henryson and Hessle families.

The window was restored by John Ward Knowles in 1861, and releaded by him in 1877. It was also cleaned in 1966.
All Saints' North St, York

Grade I listed

The church site dates from the 11th century and is there is a reference to the church in 1089. At that time the building was a simple rectangular structure.
At the end of the 12th century an aisle was added incorporating fragments of Roman columns found on the site. The chancel was reconstructed in the 13th century with an internal arcade and a second aisle was added to the nave. The nave is of seven bays and continuous with the chancel.

The tower and spire were erected in the late 14th century when the arcades were reconstructed. It is possible that the old church was demolished leaving only the easternmost bays.
Construction of the tower and 120 foot spire was underway in 1394 and the rest of the building was complete by about 1410 when work began on glazing the north and south walls. However, money was limited in the 15th century and the church was only finished in the 1470s.

There was originally an Anchorage attached to the church, and in the 1420s a visionary named Emma Raughton received visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She received visions seven times in 1421, they informed her of the impending death of Henry V and Coronation of Henry VI as King of France. She was visited by Richard Beauchamp, who served as protector of the young king. This Anchorage was reconstructed in 1910.

The chancel ceiling was erected in the 15th century, the hammer beams of the ceiling are in the form of Angels who hold a variety of objects. There is a Misericord with the coat of arms of the incumbent John Gilyot, (1467 - 1472), who was responsible for the Angel carvings.

The church was restored in 1866 when the south aisle was rebuilt and porch and vestry added.

The church is famous for its mediaeval stained glass, and has a large and varied display. The earliest glass is from the first half of the 14th century and the majority is from the 15th century. The early glass is confined to the east windows, each window has a central crucifix which was intended to function as the cross for the altar below. Nine windows containing glass from the second period of glazing commencing around 1410 when the Pricke of Conscience window was installed, and continuing throughout the early part of the 15th century. All the mediaeval glass has been restored at some point, Wailes of Newcastle undertook work in 1844 and further restoration was done in the 1860s and 1960s.

After the Reformation much of the church was filled with box pews, and a large double-decker pulpit was installed. There are also commandment boards installed.

The church has several monuments and brasses, and there are several mediaeval grave slabs incorporated into the church floor including a slab to Thomas Collyngwyke.

Chancel screens and the rood were fitted in 1906.
In 1958 a statue of the Madonna and Child was installed to the south of the screen, sculpted by Dick Reid.

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Saturday, 7 February, 2015   (more nearby)
Friday, 13 February, 2015
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