Christmas Memories, Bootham Gate and York Minster, Yorkshire, England

Dennis Melling

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A digital painting, using DAP, of my pencil drawing (on paper) of York Minster 1230, which is a Gothic cathedral in York, England and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe alongside Cologne Cathedral.

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I was born in Yorkshire and spent many wonderful visits to York, it’s invaluable historic monuments and especially the awesome York Minster.
Although I researched much of the history of York, in my school days, my memory is far to vague to give a creditable dialogue on the Minster and so the following information is taken from Wikipedia and other sources on the internet.

The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the Church of England, and is the cathedral for the Diocese of York; it is run by a dean and chapter under the Dean of York. The formal title of York Minster is The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York. The title “Minster” is attributed to churches established in the Anglo Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title.

The minster has a very wide Decorated Gothic nave and chapter house, a Perpendicular Gothic choir and east end and Early English north and south transepts. The nave contains the West Window, constructed in 1338, and over the Lady Chapel in the east end is the Great East Window, (finished in 1408), the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. In the north transept is the Five Sisters Window, each lancet being over 16 metres (52 ft) high. The south transept contains the famous Rose window.

Bootham Bar has one main external arch, which is 11th century. The internal archway dates from the 12th to 14th centuries. Most of it it made from gritstone and magnesium limestone from the surrounding area. It has three floors and a turret level at the top. In the 14th century the bar was heightened to house a portcullis.

The initial source of the reference PD images used for the drawing is as follows:

Central Intelligence Agency

CIA Factbook pages are obtained from a variety of sources – are in the public domain and are copyright free.

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