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St Martin le Grand, York

Coordinates: 53°57′34.91″N 1°5′4.5″W / 53.9596972°N 1.084583°W / 53.9596972; -1.084583
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St Martin le Grand, York
St Martin le Grand, York
53°57′34.91″N 1°5′4.5″W / 53.9596972°N 1.084583°W / 53.9596972; -1.084583
DenominationChurch of England
DedicationSt Martin
Heritage designationGrade II* listed[1]
ProvinceProvince of York
DioceseDiocese of York
ParishSt Helen, Stonegate with St Martin, Coney Street
Priest in chargeThe Reverend Liz Hassall

St Martin le Grand, York is a Grade II* listed[1] parish church in the Church of England in York.[2]


The former south aisle, now the nave

The church dates from the 11th century. The tower was built in the 15th century.

It was restored between 1853 and 1854[3] by JB and W Atkinson of York. The south side and eastern ends of the aisles were rebuilt, and the pierced battlement was added, to replace one removed 40 years earlier. The porch was added at the east end into Coney Street, and a south porch also added near the tower. New stained glass windows by William Wailes were added.

The clock on the east front was added in 1856 by Mr Cooke,[4] with a carved figure of the ‘Little Admiral’ dating from 1778.

It was badly damaged by bombing on 29 April 1942 and was rebuilt between 1961 and 1968 under the supervision of George Pace. The reredos screen was designed by Frank Roper.

Stained glass[edit]

The church is noted as having a large medieval window with scenes from the life of St Martin. Luckily this was removed for safe keeping in 1940, and was not destroyed in the bombing of April 1942.[5]

Parish status[edit]

The church is in a joint parish with St Helen's Church, Stonegate, York.


  • Robert Horsfield (d. 1711)
  • Thomas Colthurst (d. 1588)
  • Lady Elizabeth Sheffield (d. 1633)
  • John Kendall (d. 1823) and his wife (d. 1833)
  • Valentine Nalson (d. 1722/3)


The organ by J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd of 1968

The pipe organ was built by J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd and dates from 1968. It was the gift of the West German government and the Evangelical Church. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[6]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Martin le Grand (Grade II*) (1257963)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  2. ^ The Buildings of England. York and the East Riding. Nikolaus Pevsner and David Neave. Yale University Press. 1995. ISBN 0300095937
  3. ^ "Restoration of St Martin's Church, Coney-Street". Yorkshire Gazette. York. 23 December 1854. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  4. ^ "ConeyStreet Clock". York Herald. York. 17 October 1857. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Bombed Church Controversy at York". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. York. 9 June 1942. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  6. ^ "NPOR [N08796]". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 6 May 2015.