Archive for March, 2012

St Martin Le Grand Church

March 20, 2012

Whilst on a photo recce of York I dropped into St Martin Le Grand Church on Coney Street.
I was chatting to the Warden he told me it was impossible to get a good photograph of the mail stainglass window due to the arch in the forground. I said I would shoot his window if I could take a shot from the top of the bell tower, deal on!  Using a 24mm shift lens and lighting to balance the light thru the windows and the inside foreground.
Its one of the most beautiful churches in the city, according to The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, 1868

The church is named after St Martin of Tours, the patron saint of soldiers, founded in the late 11th, there are still remnants of masonry from that period.  As you enter the church, an enormous window is ahead, surprisingly located at eye level, as it was reconstructed here as part of the rebuilding of the church. It was originally the west window of the nave, and dates from 1437. It had been removed from the church earlier in the war, and so escaped bomb damage. Hutchinson and Palliser’s guide to York calls this “certainly the largest and arguably the finest of the city’s parish church windows”.