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"The other church" All Saints Church, Pavement Tip by iandsmith

All Saints Church, Pavement, York: 9 reviews and 25 photos


The church stands partly in High Ousegate, but principally in the Pavement. It is a very ancient structure, and, according to Drake, is built on the ruins of Eboracum. The body of the church and part of the steeple exhibit a very antique appearance, but the edifice is chiefly remarkable for a more modern erection of exquisite Gothic workmanship on the old steeple. This tower is finished lantern-wise, and tradition says, that anciently a large lamp hung in it, which was lighted in the night time, as a mark for travellers to aim at, in their way to York, over the immense forest of Galtres. There is still the hook or pully on which the lamp hung in the steeple, and iron bars cross the windows, in which the glass might be fixed. This lantern, it is conjectured, was built in the fifteenth century, and there are here several old monuments cotemporary with the supposed erection of the tower. Part of the present burial ground was formerly used as a Herb and Fish market, but in 1782-3 the church yard was enlarged, and the chancel being then taken down, the ground on which it stood was applied to enlarge the market place. At the same time the whole fabric underwent a thorough repair.
The shop on the right is Marks and Spencer, a not unfamiliar name to the shoppers of England.

Address: High Ousegate, York YO1 8RZ
Phone: +00 44 (0)1904 623559

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 27, 2005
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