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!)