Historic York church in line for hundreds of thousands of pounds to repair stunning stained glass

An historic York church has been awarded more than £530,000 to repair its stained glass which is described as being the city’s finest medieval collection outside York Minster.

Pictured, David Tichener picture by one of the stain glass windows to be repaired by the National Lottery Heritage fund at All Saints Church, North Street York..23rd August 2020..Photo credit: Simon Hulme/ JPIMediaResell
Pictured, David Tichener picture by one of the stain glass windows to be repaired by the National Lottery Heritage fund at All Saints Church, North Street York..23rd August 2020..Photo credit: Simon Hulme/ JPIMediaResell

All Saint’s Church, on North Street, York, has been awarded £531,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund which will go towards the restoration and preservation of its stained glass.

Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to carry out £773,000 worth of essential conservation work on the stained glass windows and to deliver a programme of volunteering, learning and community engagement.

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Bishop Glyn Webster said: “It is a real delight to see this restoration programme moving forward after so many years in the planning.”

All Saint’s Church, on North Street, York. Photo credit: Simon Hulme/ JPIMediaResell

David Titchener, from the church’s steering group, added: “We are all delighted to be able to secure our heritage onto future generations.”

The Grade I listed medieval church, has foundations dating back before the Norman Conquest, and visible fabric dating from the 12th to the 16th centuries with subsequent restorations in the 19th and 20th.

Visitors are said to come from all over the UK and abroad to see the church’s stained glass. The glass dates from the second quarter of the 14th century through to the first half of the 15th century.

English Heritage has assessed the collection of stained glass windows in All Saints as of national importance.

David Tichener picture by one of the stain glass windows to be repaired by the National Lottery Heritage fund. Photo credit: Simon Hulme/JPIMediaResell

David Renwick, northern director at the National Lottery Heritage Fund said: "Through this work, we are looking forward to seeing more visitors being able to connect with the stories behind the windows, as well as connecting their heritage to that of the wider community of the city.

"We are also heartened that the programme will create a number of volunteering and training opportunities, affording those who take part to interact with like-minded heritage lovers and learn new skills that can be preserved for our sector."

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