A moment in time.
This is a digital painting, using DAP and FastStone, of The Minster Church of St George, Doncaster.
The original photograph was used with the kind permission of photographer Bruce Turner.
I attended the Doncaster Technical High School between 1955 & 1959 and although a new school was later built on the outskirts of Doncaster, my early years were spent in a building within the grounds of the Parish Church of St George. The grounds were our ‘playground’ and the sound of church bells was often accompanied by hundreds of teenage boys shouting at each other and playing games that included running around the tomb stones. Of course I was ‘very’ quiet, although at one time I was rushed to hospital after a rather rough game saw me with my one entire kneecap exposed to the bone after the skin and flesh had been torn back :(
The following information is derived from the Doncaster website :
The Minster Church of Saint George, Doncaster lies at the heart of the town of Doncaster where a church has stood for over 8 centuries.
The present church stands on the site of the original medieval church, which was destroyed by fire in 1853, Doncaster Minster was completed in 1858 by Sir George Gilbert Scott (the architect of St Pancras Railway Station, London). It is the most cathedral like of Scott’s parish churches, crowned by a magnificent 170ft tall bell tower and is reputed to be one of the best showcases of Gothic architecture in England. It was described by former Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman as “Victorian Gothic at its very best”.
Dominating the Doncaster skyline, the Minster is one of the town’s most architecturally important buildings and a remarkable building in the tradition of the great Minsters of Yorkshire.