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Churches of the British Isles

Gallery: Churches of the City of York

by Peter Kessler, 9 January 2011. Updated 23 January 2014

Central York Part 8: Churches of York

St George's Catholic Church

St George's Catholic Church is on the north-east corner of George Street and Margaret Street. It opened on 4 September 1850 as the first church to be used as a cathedral after the restoration of Catholicism in York, principally for Irish immigrants who had arrived in the 1840s. The building is Early Decorated style with three gabled roofs and a double belfry. St George's (Wesleyan) Methodist Chapel stood at the end of Chapel Lane, off George Street, between 1826-1897.

St Denys Walmgate

St Denys Walmgate is on the block inside Walmgate, Dennis Street and St Denys Road, within the walls on the south-east side of the city. The area seems originally to have been a suburb of the Roman city, which grew up round the old 'Waingate' (the street of the wagons). Built on the site of a Saxon church and possibly a Roman temple, this small medieval church was first recorded between 1154-1170. The medieval nave stood to the west of the tower here.

St Denys Walmgate

The church comprises a short, narrow nave with wide north and south aisles. The modern nave is the medieval church's chancel, a survivor when the old nave was demolished in 1798. At the same date the spire was removed and the doorway of about 1160 reset in the south chapel. The tower was dismantled and rebuilt in 1846. The grave of notorious highwayman Dick Turpin, hanged in 1739 on the Knavesmire, lies in St George's graveyard just a few hundred metres away.

The Parish Church of St Margaret Walmgate

The Parish Church of St Margaret Walmgate stands on the south-west corner of Navigation Road and Percy's Lane. The church is first mentioned in a charter dated between 1177 and 1181 when the advowson was granted to St Leonard's Hospital, but it certainly existed before that time - the doorway to the porch dates to about 1160 and is said to have come from St Nicholas Lawrence Street. Much of the fabric of the church was rebuilt in the fourteenth century.

The Parish Church of St Margaret Walmgate

The church comprises a nave and north aisle (visible on the right here), porch, vestry, and tower, much of which is is fourteenth century. Apart from the porch and the tower (which dates from 1684), the church was rebuilt in 1852, although much of the style of the older building survived. Elements of that building remain in the tracery of some windows on the south side of the nave and in the east window. The church closed in 1955. It is now the National Centre for Early Music.

All photos on this page kindly contributed by Colin Hinson. Additional information by John Grant.



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