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St Denys Church

St Denys Church (Grade I listed) is one of the oldest churches in the city centre. It has links to York's Fishmongers' Guild and the powerful Percy family.

The fabric of the current building dates mostly from the 14th & 15th centuries, although the structure has been significantly modified as a result of Civil War cannon fire, a lightning strike and at least two phases of major re-modelling.

An intricately-carved Norman-era doorway has been inserted into the site of a blocked-up window (see Images 1 to 3 below). The church was significantly altered during the 18th century (to reduce its size by demolishing the transepts and long nave) and the Norman-era doorway is believed to have been relocated (from the long nave) as part of these works.

The tower dates from a second phase of rebuilding between 1846-7, as do the west walls and a tiled reredos (altar piece).

The 19th century building work found evidence of an earlier Saxon building and a Roman altar, so the site appears to have been occupied and used for some form of worship for almost two millennia.

The church still boasts medieval stained glass in seven of its windows and sections of two of these are believed to contain the oldest stained glass in York.

To find-out more about this fascinating little church (especially its stained glass), please refer to the websites listed in the 'External Links' section below.

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St Denys Church
St Denys Road
Walmgate
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 9QD

 
Coordinates
Latitude: 53.956707000000
Longitude: -1.076295000000

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Please note that the church is normally kept locked. For details of services, access arrangements and contact details, please refer to the church's own website (see 'External Links' below).