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architectural features in the UK

York
St William's Shrine

stone carving

St. William’s shrine in York Minster was one of the largest in England, rivalling that of St. Thomas Beckett at Canterbury. Much of the surviving sculpture is of marginalia figures, that is figures that have no a direct biblical meaning. It was built about 1320.

The shrine was dismantled during the Reformation, certainly no later than 1541. It was broken up and buried for safe keeping within Precentor’s Court in York. Some sections of the shrine have since been uncovered and it is thought that more are buried beneath the houses in Precentor’s Court.

This fragment is now in York Museum.


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