John Bangay Lincoln Cathedral

York Minster

A short movie on York Minster is in progress of making…

York Minster is probably the most perfect example of a Gothic cathedral design in the French Rayonant style. This is typified by high wide window lights and a feeling of lightness and symmetry of design. It is larger in ground area than any other medieval cathedral. Its crowning achievement is the west front with the heart-shaped curvilinear designed window, known popularly as ‘The Heart of Yorkshire’. York is the symbolic site of the birth of Roman-catholic Christianity when the Roman, Constantine, became Emperor, while staying in York in 306 A.D. It was Constantine who later adopted Christianity as the religion of the Empire. The Minster’s Great East window has the finest and largest collection of medieval stained glass in England, originally designed by the great medieval craftsman, John Thornton and this great window has recently been restored. The Minster has suffered disastrous fires, most recently as 1984 when lightning struck the south transept and the roof was destroyed by fire. It was restored three years later and re-dedicated by the Queen.

York Minster West Front

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The cathedral shop sells a selection of my work and can be visited at York Minster’s shop