St Denys's Church, York
|St Denys Church, York|
St Denys Church, York
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Heritage designation||Grade I listed|
|Parish||York St Denys|
|Diocese||Diocese of York|
|Province||Province of York|
It was built on the site of a Saxon church and possibly of a Roman temple (the earliest records date from c. 1154). Inside some of the earliest stained glass in York can be found: the sculpted Norman doorway and 15th century heraldic roof are also noteworthy features. The figure of St Denys can be seen in the 15th-century east window – fewer than 40 English churches are dedicated to this French saint.
The church was originally a lot larger than it is now, as part of the church subsided after the king's fishpool was drained; another part gave way shortly after as a sewer was being built nearby and the current main entrance is situated where a window used to be. Originally it also had a spire but, unfortunately, between the 17th and 18th century it was hit by a cannon shot and struck by lightning. The spire was only removed 20 years later after being partially blown down.
The church was rebuilt in 1798 and then in 1846 - 1847 there were further alterations including the rebuilding of the west end and tower, and north and south arcades under the supervision of the architect Thomas Pickersgill.
- Robert Welborn Hotham c. 1806 by Fisher
- James Melrose (d. 1837) by Plows
- Rev John Walker, Rector, (d. 1813)
- Dorothy Wilson (d. 1717)
The pipe organ was built by Thos. S. Hughes of Bradford and dates from 1925. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.
- Historic England. "Church of St Denys (Grade I) (1256313)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
- The Buildings of England. York and the East Riding. Nikolaus Pevsner and David Neave. Yale University Press. 1995. ISBN 0300095937
- "NPOR N03915". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 6 May 2015.