Medieval Font - Church of St Martin - York, Great Britain.
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N 53° 57.554 W 001° 05.053
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St Martin le Grand Church is most famous for the highly decorative clock overhanging York's main shopping street. St Martin's dates from at least the 11th century and features a medieval stone Font with an ornate cover dated 1717.
Waymark Code: WMK7JF
Location: North East England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 02/24/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Brentorboxer
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"The Font is medieval octagonal stone bowl tapering to modern octagonal base. Font-cover: of oak, with scrolled openwork top, gilded, inscribed 'RICHARD SPEIGHT RICHARD MANCHLIN CHURCH WARDENS AN° DOM 1717', restored 1968" Text Source: (visit link)

"St. Martin-le-Grand is situated in Coney Street and can be identified by its very distinctive clock. Rebuilt in the fifteenth century it was almost wholly destroyed by fire on 29 April 1942, during the 'Baedeker Raid' on York. Between 1961 and 1968 it was rebuilt to the design of George Pace. On 28 April 1968 the Archbishop of York re-hallowed the church as a chapel-of-ease to St Helen’s and ‘a shrine of remembrance for all who died in the two world wars, a chapel of peace and reconciliation between nations and between men’. That continues to be an important part of St. Martin's witness and ministry today." Text Source: (visit link)

"From the street, St Martin's appears for the most part to be a typical 15th century parish church. But look through the railings from Coney Street and you get something very different - distinctively 1950s but with hints of a much longer history. Neither view prepares you for what you will see inside.

The nine metre high 15th century St Martin window immediately facing you as you go in rises from floor to ceiling. Made in around 1447 and showing scenes from the life of St Martin of Tours." Text Source: (visit link)

St Martin's Church from Wikipedia Churches in York:
"Often known as St Martin le Grand, though this title was coined in the 1830s and is not the official name of the church. The earliest masonry is from c1080, though the church is thought to be older. The church was largely destroyed in a bombing raid on 29 April 1942, but the 15th-century tower and south aisle remain, with a new vestry and parish room at the west end of the site. The St Martin window of c. 1437 was removed before the raid for safety; now occupying a new transept opposite the south door, it is the largest medieval window in York outside the Minster. The church is most notable now for the restoration under the architect George Gaze Pace, completed in 1968, which is generally considered one of the most successful post-war church restorations in the country, successfully blending the surviving 15th-century remains with contemporary elements. The church is also known for the prominent clock overhanging the street, topped by the figure of a naval officer dating from 1778." Text Source: (visit link)
Approximate Age of Artefact: 11th Century

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