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Leaving York

After breakfast I headed to Blossom Street to look at a tremendous art deco cinema: It’s got everything: wraparound, strong horizontals, a big vertical, expressionist brickwork, Crittal windows . . . it’s a listed building, so hopefully the scaffolding heralds … Continue reading

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York

A guided tour of the minster, which made me realise how much there is to learn about one building. An hour and a half only scratched the surface. Work started on the transepts of York minster in 1220 and continued … Continue reading

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More Yorkshire churches

Selby Abbey has the most misshapen arch so far – the two piers next to the central crossing were not up to bearing the weight of a new tower, which collapsed and destroyed the south transept: It was begun soon … Continue reading

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Beverley Minster

The current building was started in the mid-1200s and took 200 years to complete. I’m definitely getting my eye in: Yesterday I was dutifully learning the terms and naming the parts, but today, stepping into Beverley Minster, I was struck … Continue reading

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Ripon Cathedral

A very pleasing Early English Gothic west front, notable for its absence of elaborate tracery (just plain lancet windows arranged symmetrically) and its thick massing (1220). Inside, it is exceptionally wide. It’s surprising to learn how often bits of cathedrals … Continue reading

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Fountains Abbey

From the visitor centre, there’s not much to see – just the top of what appears to be a squat tower – but as you approach the edge of the cliff the view, half-hidden behind trees, gets bigger . . … Continue reading

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Ripon Spa Baths

Built 1905. Viennese Secession comes to Yorkshire?

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