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York Minster, The Five Sisters

York Minster, The Five Sisters

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865


Item number: 9

Length: 10.8

Width: 8.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The north transept contains the window of five lancet lights, called the 'Five Sisters,' from a tradition that the patterns of them were wrought in tapestry by five sister nuns. The designs are exceedingly intricate and beautiful. It was in this part of the Minster, behind Archbishop Greenfield's tomb, where Martin the incendiary concealed himself until the hour had arrived for the execution of his awful deed. This he did by first collecting all the prayer-books and moveable articles into a heap in the middle of the choir, and putting fire to them by a match.

The entrance to the Chapter House is also in the north-east corner of the north transept to the right of the 'Five Ssiters.'"

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

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