Building record MYO1130 - St Michael le Belfrey
|Grid reference||Centred SE 6027 5212 (39m by 36m)|
|Unitary Authority||City of York, North Yorkshire|
Type and Period (19)
- PARISH CHURCH (1525-1537, Medieval - 1525 AD to 1537 AD)
- PARISH CHURCH (1867, Late C19 - 1867 AD to 1867 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1687, Late C17 - 1687 AD to 1687 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1716-1717, Early C18 - 1716 AD to 1717 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1738, Mid C18 - 1738 AD to 1738 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1732, Early C18 - 1732 AD to 1732 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1842, Mid C19 - 1842 AD to 1842 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE BRASS (1683, Late C17 - 1683 AD to 1683 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE BRASS (1680-1681, Late C17 - 1680 AD to 1681 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1707, Early C18 - 1707 AD to 1707 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1711, Early C18 - 1711 AD to 1711 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1728, Early C18 - 1728 AD to 1728 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1734, Mid C18 - 1734 AD to 1734 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1735, Mid C18 - 1735 AD to 1735 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1770, Late C18 - 1770 AD to 1770 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1789, Late C18 - 1789 AD to 1789 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1790, Late C18 - 1790 AD to 1790 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1813, Early C19 - 1813 AD to 1813 AD)
- COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (1774, Late C18 - 1774 AD to 1774 AD)
Parish church. 1525-37 with vestry, west front and bellcote of 1867. C19 alterations by G Fowler Jones.
MATERIALS: limestone ashlar with roofs of lead and stone slate.
PLAN: 6-bay continuous aisled nave and chancel with clerestory; east vestry; west porch and bellcote.
EXTERIOR: double moulded plinth to all sides. East end partly obscured by vestry: east window has 5 cinque-foiled lights and panel tracery in 2-centred head: north aisle east window is of two pairs of trefoiled ogee lights in traceried 4-centred head. North and south sides are articulated by 2-stage buttresses, those on north side only with gargoyles and crocketed pinnacles. Westernmost bay on each side has traceried double doors in 4-centred arch of 2 orders with side shafts, spandrels carved with Tudor flowers in quatrefoils, flanked by standards with crocketed pinnacles. Each remaining bay contains window similar to that in east end of north aisle, with moulded sillstring on south side only. South side has band of cusped lozenge panels enclosing armorial shields beneath windows. Windows have casement-moulded surrounds and hoodmoulds with return stops. Coved eaves string beneath plain parapet with moulded coping, returned at east end.
Clerestory windows, two to each bay, have square heads and tripled trefoil headed lights. West end: crow-stepped gable. West door and window framed beneath 4-centred moulded arch with carved spandrels springing from 3-stage buttress piers with cross-gabled and crocketed pinnacles: arch surmounted by octagonal bellcote of paired cinquefoiled lights capped by pierced embattled parapet. West doorway similar to those in aisles has band of cusped lozenge panels beneath gabled doorhead with carved tympanum. West window repeats east window and aisle end windows repeat those on north and south sides, with moulded sillstrings. Octagonal stair turret at south west has moulded strings at plinth and sill levels, two slit lights, coved eaves string incorporating grotesque beasts, two tiers of blind traceried panels and band of blind quatrefoils at base of pointed octagonal roof.
INTERIOR: nave arcades of 4-centred arches on shafted piers and responds with moulded capitals and bases. Above, continuous hoodmould on heraldic angel stops and spandrels carved with quatrefoils enclosing roses, fruit, etc. Moulded clerestory string and trefoiled panels beneath windows. 3-bay reredos of raised and fielded panelling, articulated by fluted Composite columns with entablature and small segmental pediment filled with cartouche and palm fronts.
Bolection-moulded centre panel has painted representation of the Adoration of the Shepherds, outer panels the Creed and the Lord's Prayer. Communion rails have bulbous balusters carved with foliage and spirals, bowed gates in centre, and heavy flat rail. At west end, gallery with panelled front reached by two staircases cased in raised and fielded panelling, with Gothick balustrades, plain serpentine handrails, wreathed at foot around column newels on shaped curtail steps. 6-panel doors at stair heads, shaped to fit pier responds, give access to gallery. 4-centred chamfered doorway at foot of south staircase, leads to turret. Hatchment of Royal Arms, originally above reredos, attached to gallery front. Benefaction boards: in gallery, 2 in bolection moulded surrounds, 2 with 4-centred heads: in north aisle, 2 with semicircular heads. Lord Mayoral boards: beneath gallery, one 1711-1720, one 1764-1859, one 1872-1969. Glass re-arranged and restored in C19 and C20, includes mid C14 glass in East window and early C16 in aisle windows.
MONUMENTS AND BRASSES: include at east end: carved stone cartouche to Ann, wife of William Walker, d.1687; carved stone cartouche to John White, d.1716/7. North wall: pedimented tablet with floral side scrolls to Mary Grammer, d.1738; scrolled cartouche to Thomas James, d.1732; sarcophagus tablet to Baldwin Wake, MD, d.1842, signed by Flintoft. Brasses to Thomas Dawnay, d.1683; Frances, wife of William Farrer, d.1680/1, signed Joshua Mann. South aisle, east end: large wall monument to Sir Robert Squire, d.1707, and wife Priscilla, d.1711, two sculpted figures beneath swagged open pediment on fluted Corinthian pilasters; shaped tablet with cornice and floriated sides, to an infant Vavasour, d.1728; scrolled cartouche to Mary Woodyeare, nee Drake, d.1728. South wall: pilastered monument with cornice and apron, to Catherine and Christine North, d.1734; tablet with shield of arms to Sir Thomas Fothergill, d.1735; tablet with urn to John Blanshard, d.1770, and wife, Mary, d.1789; tablet with urn in broken pediment to children and wife, Elizabeth, d.1790, of John Metcalfe; separated monument with sarcophagus and military emblems to Lieutenant and Adjutant John Crossland of York City Regiment of Local Militia, d.1813, signed by Fishers, York; oval tablet of black marble to Mary Lawson, d.1774.
(City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 36). Listing NGR: SE6028052128
Derived from English Heritage LB download dated: 22/08/2005
Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid 464100 Unified Designation System UID 1257228
(SE 60285213) St Michael-le-Belfry Church (C of E) (NAT)
1. MINSTER YARD 5343
Church of St Michael-le-Belfry SE 6052 SW 27/45 14.6.54
1525-36 when the church was completely rebuilt by John Forman, master mason to the Minster. The facade has a central turret of 1855 by G T Andrews and was largely restored in 1867 by G F Jones.
Nave with broad aisles; gallery of 1785; good reredos of 1712 by William Etty; C19 box pews; some C14 glass in east window and some good C16 glass; standing monument of 1709 to Robert Squire and
wife. Numerous C18 and C19 mural tablets. Guy Fawkes was baptised here in 1570.
(RCHM Vol V, Monument 12).
1 Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) OS 1:2500 1962.
2 List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest 230 City of York, June 1983.
Related event: (UID 613515) INVESTIGATION BY RCHME/EH ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Architectural Survey 14-NOV-1995
1962, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, Article on East Window Part 157 (1959) p145 (Article in Journal). SYO2817.
NMR, 2019, NMR data (Digital archive). SYO2214.
On-Site Archaeology, 2022, St Michael le Belfrey (Unpublished document). SYO2864.
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