St Michael, Spurriergate, York :: Shared Description


Grade I listed
A church existed on the site before the conquest, and the earliest part of the building is 12th century - the nave arcades, when they were probably five bays in length.
The north aisle was widened in the 14th century, probably when a Chantry to the Blessed Virgin Mary was added.
In the 15th C. the arcades were raised and a clerestory was added, although that has now gone. The south aisle was widened and the west tower built.
The church is of a square plan with a fairly narrow nave with broad north and south aisles and a low western tower with six bells, one dating from 1466, the oldest bell in York. There is a fine 18th-century reredos with altar rails. There are/were several brasses.

The church possesses much stained-glass from the first half of the 15th century which has been restored and rearranged after the Second World War. All tracery lights have clear glass. Some windows have roundels with geometric patterns from the early 19th century.
In 1821 the church was reduced in size to allow Street widening with extensive rebuilding.
In 1966 the tower was reduced in height and most of the seating removed.

The church became redundant in the 1970's, and has been used as a Christian centre/cafe since 1989.
by Julian P Guffogg
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SE6051 : Partial stained glass window, sIV, St Michael's Spurriergate, York by Julian P Guffogg
SE6051 : Detail, Stained glass window, sIII, St Michael's Spurriergate, York by Julian P Guffogg
SE6051 : Detail, Stained glass window, s.V, St Michael's Spurriergate, York by Julian P Guffogg
SE6051 : Detail, Stained glass window, sII, St Michael's Spurriergate, York by J.Hannan-Briggs
SE6051 : Interior, St Michael's Spurriergate, York by Julian P Guffogg


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Created: Thu, 19 Feb 2015, Updated: Thu, 19 Feb 2015

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