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York Minster, The Choir Looking East

York Minster, The Choir Looking East

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865


Item number: 4

Length: 10.8

Width: 8.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The choir, as entered from the nave, presents a spectacle at once solemn and magnificent. The beholder is struck with admiration at the loftiness and extent of the roof, but principally with the grandeur of the east window. Says Drake concerning it: 'This window may be called the wonder of the world, both for masonry and glazing. The upper part is an admirable piece of tracery, below which are 117 partitions, illustrating almot every subject in the Bible.' It was the work of John Thornton, a glazier of Coventry in 1405, who contracted to do it within three years, at the rate of four shillings a week.

The choir was set on fire on Monday, Feb. 2nd, 1829, by Jonathan Martin, who was afterwads found to be insane. The damage done by the fire amounted to £65,000. A national subscription was organized for the purpose of restoring it, and the choir was again opened for divine service on the 6th May, 1832. It is 75 feet in height, and 32 in breadth."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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