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St Olave's York by Trevor Kersley

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Best approached through the Museum Gardens, this 14th century church, in Marygate, stands on a very ancient ecclesiastical site. Locally pronounced ‘St. Olive’s,’ the dedication betrays its early history as a Viking establishment honouring Olaf, the Norse monarch who embraced Christianity. The local Royal viceroy, Siward, Earl of Northumbria, was buried here in 1055 at the centre of a monastic complex, later taken over by the great nearby Abbey of St. Mary’s.

The church suffered much damage during the Civil War when it was used as a gun emplacement. It was largely rebuilt in 1723. The interior is usually open to the public. It houses a series of beautifully carved stations of the cross, a few fragments of medieval glass, a fine modern font cover, a Royal Arms of Charles I’s elder brother Prince Henry and a memorial to York artist, William Etty.


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  • Peter Stone
    Peter Stoneover 3 years ago

    Great interior shot of this beautiful stained glass window Trevor, I have not tried interiors yet, still on my to do list

  • very many thanks Peter

    – Trevor Kersley

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 3 years ago

    Great shot Trevor.

  • cheers Gary

    – Trevor Kersley

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 3 years ago

    What a fabulous place and image!! ;-)) Great info too!

  • many thanks for your comments Stephanie

    – Trevor Kersley

  • SueSchwarting
    SueSchwartingover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Trevor, so full of gorgeous old windows, wood carvings and stone work! I bet it’s a great place to visit, so full of interest.

  • many thank you’s Susan your comments, they are fully appreciated and the fave’s also.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 3 years ago

    excellent work mate

  • thanking you mate

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesover 3 years ago

    beautiful work Trevor:-)

  • Thanks very much Julie

    – Trevor Kersley

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