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|Location||53.96329,-1.083921 (Google Maps)||Directions||Directions via Google Maps|
Dimensions of main church
|Whole length from east to west||524||6|
|Breadth of the east end||105||0|
|Breadth of the west end||109||0|
|Length of trancept north to south||222||0|
|Height of grand lantern tower||235||0|
|Height of the nave||99||0|
|Height of the east window||75||0|
Wulfstan I becomes Archbishop of York after being appointed by king Athelstan. ¹
Archbishop Aelfric canonised John of York, responsible for founding the monastery at Beverley, as St. John of Beverley.
An army sent by Sweyn of Denmark landed in the north and captured York. Local rebels joined the Danes and attacked the two castles within the city. A fire lit by the Normans in an attempt to prevent the Danes attacking the castles got out of control and a large part of the city was destroyed including the cathedral. The confusion aided the Danes in capturing the castles and killing most of the Normans in the city.
William the Conqueror placed Lanfranc in the position of Archbishop of Canterbury a move designed to strengthen his hold on the English throne. Thomas of Bayeux, a pupil of William's brother Odo, was put in the position of Archbishop of York after the death of Ealred who died on September 11th, 1069. Archbishop Stigand was imprisoned in Winchester.
York Minster was partially damaged by fire in this year that destroyed a large part of the city. The near-by church of St. Mary's and some other 37 churches were also damaged.
Archbishop Roger began reconstruction work of a new church after the previous one had been destroyed by fire. ¹
At York Minster, king John's daughter Joan married Alexander II, the king of the Scots. Joan was only eleven years old at the time of the wedding.
Building work on the South Transept of York Minster took place until 1241. ¹
Building work on the North Transept of York Minster took place until 1255. There a five slender windows in the north wall of the trancept that are known as the Five Sisters of York. ¹
Henry III's daughter Margaret married Alexander III, king of the Scots, at York Minster. Both bride and groom were under the age of eleven at the time of the wedding. The festivities were huge as many members of the English and Scottish courts attended the wedding.
Building work on the Chapter-house of York Minster took place until 1296. ¹
Building work on the Nave and West Front of York Minster took place until 1345. ¹
King Edward III married Philippa of Hainault at York Minster. The marriage was arranged as many were at the time. The arrangement was organised as early as 1323, when she was not yet nine years old. The Bishop of Exeter visited Hainault to see the girl. ¹
Building work on the West Window of York Minster took place until 1338. ¹
During the absence of Edward III while he was on campaign in France the Scottish king David II was approached by the French King Philippe VI to invade England. David II did so and advanced south but at Neville's Cross they met a band of monks, priests and land workers who managed to defeat the Scottish army. The band were led by the archbishop of York William Zouche. David II was captured and sent to London to be held at the Tower. ¹
Under the direction of Archbishop Thoresby the eastern end of the building was extended elongating the choir. The architectural fashion of Decorated Gothic was changing to Perpendicular Gothic as this construction work was undertaken. ¹
Building work on the East Window of York Minster took place until 1405. ¹
Building work on the central tower of York Minster took place until 1423. ¹
Building work on the south-west tower of York Minster took place until 1456. ¹
Building work on the north-west tower of York Minster took place until 1474. ¹
King Henry pardoned Thomas Wolsey and allowed him to retire to York as the archbishop.
The archbishop of York was arrested on charges of treason and sent to the Tower. His homes were raided and his riches were stolen.
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