Photographer's Note

Another photograph taken early last month during our little trip to York, just days before enforced quarantine commenced. And we were wandering aimlessly here in lovely sunny weather, just to the south side of York Minster and enjoying its splendid architecture - and a cyclist flew by as I was taking a shot. But I quite liked his presence, as well as that of a few other people in the vicinity.

York Minster is the cathedral of the city of York and is more properly called the "Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York". It is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe and many believe that it is one of the most beautiful.

There is archaeological and historical evidence that a church existed on this site as early as the 7th Century but it was destroyed by fire before a hundred years had passed. The church was then rebuilt in a larger and more impressive style but little is known of its history thereafter until 1066 when it is recorded that William the Conqueror was crowned there. William, unfortunately, proved a bit of a careless sort of a fellow and considerable damage to the church was caused during his skirmishes in the north of England. And then the Danes, equally careless and clumsy, destroyed the church completely in 1075. But people in those days were pretty resilient - and so rebuilding commenced a few years later.

One could have suspected that they might have given up, but, no, the Gothic style in cathedrals was all the rage in the mid 12th Century and so the construction of a Gothic structure similar to Canterbury Cathedral was ordered. Building commenced in 1220 and continued into the 15th Century. Since then there have been several alterations, several fires and lots of restoration works, the most recent one being a massive underpinning of the huge central tower which was in danger of collapse.

Anyway, I think this is a beautiful building. Here, on the right of the picture is the south transept with its doorway, the south window above and a lovely rose window above. Thereafter, behind the cyclist, the south wall of the nave then the southern of the two great west towers.

I shall try to show some pictures from inside this cathedral later.

ISO 400, 1/1600 sec at f/5.6, focal length 24mm.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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