Monday, 10 October 2011

St William's College

William FitzHerbert was twice Archbishop of York.  On his return to York as Archbishop Ouse Bridge collapsed as his triumphal precession crossed but no one was killed. This event plus a couple of posthumous miracles led to him being canonized in 1227. This is part of  the doorway to Saint Williams’s college. Dating from 1465 it was built next to the Minster to house the chantry priests. 

In the 14th and 15th century wealthy citizens could ensure a life of ease in the next world by leaving a sum of money in their will to endow a chantry chapel, and pay for a priest to say a daily mass on their behalf. The arms of St William are on the left and the crossed keys of the See of York on the right.


  1. Just to let you know you have 4 loyal followers enjoying your blog this side of the Pennines ;-)

  2. Thanks Chrissy. You have my vote in the Manchester Blog Awards, here's hoping Mancunian Wave is the winner.


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