Wednesday, 29 February 2012

All Saints, Pavement, York


This attractive octagonal lantern tower crowns the church of All Saints, on the street known as Pavement - one of the earliest paved streets in York.  There has been a church on this site since before the Norman conquest, but the present building dates from the 14th and 15th century.  Part of it was demolished in the late 18th century to allow for the expansion of the marketplace in Pavement.  In medieval times, the lantern tower used to hold a light, kept burning at night, to guide travellers into the city through the wolf-infested Forest of Galtres to the north.  Little evidence of a forest these days - nor wolves! - but the elegant lantern survives and the church remains a haven in the middle of the city's bustle.

(PS: I find it a useful landmark when I'm seeking out one of my favourite stores in York, the Lakeland kitchenware shop!)

7 comments:

  1. An out-of-time picture! Without cars and modern things, it's easier to imagine the wolves, and the fear going with them!

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  2. A magnificent building, and thanks for the link. The interior shots there are fascinating. Love the thought that one of the earliest streets to be paved in the town was called "pavement." We still do the same thing with roads being referred to as "the by-pass" and the "four lane."

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  3. So beautiful, Jenny! I can never get too much York.♥

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  4. Imagine it glowing in the dark night! Wonderful.

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  5. The shot works perfectly in b/w. There'ssomething about octagonal towers and lanterns that has always attracted me.

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  6. I just love all those tidbits of information that you share with us. That is so interesting to imagine how it used to be! ~Lili

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  7. B&W makes you feel we have gone back in time. The architecture is exquisite.

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