Sunday, 25 December 2011

York Minster Choir Screen

Merry Christmas to all visitors to Ginnels Gates and Ghosts old and new.

This is the left side of York Minster choir screen. This section shows the English monarchs William I (the Conqueror), William II, Henry I, Stephen, Henry II, Richard I and John. Carved of stone it is an impressive and striking piece of work. It was built in the 15th century to strengthen the east wall of the central tower.

I am not convinced the monarchs are in chronological order as the statue fifth from the left is holding a heart which would suggest Richard I (the Lionheart), and Henry II was known to favour shorter garments. Perhaps the statues have been removed at some time and replaced in a different order.


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