Sunday, 20 June 2010

St Crux Hall, York

St Crux Hall

After 1424, the Parish church of St Crux was the largest Parish church in the city of York. It was, however, closed sometime around 1880, after being deemed unsafe, and finally demolished in 1887 after sufficient funds for repairs were not found.

Above. A view of St Crux Hall from Stonebow, showing the re-used 15th century window from the Parish Church of St Crux.

Some of the stonework from the original church was used to build St Crux Hall, at the junction of Shambles and York's shortest street, Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate.

Above. A view of St Crux Hall from Pavement.

The hall contains a number of monuments and memorials from the demolished Parish church, whilst other fittings and furniture were removed to All Saints Pavement. Some of the stone from the church's North aisle can be seen forming part of a nearby property, and the South wall of the narrow alley that leads into Whip-Me-Whop-Ma-Gate.

Above. A view of St Crux Hall from Shambles, showing the re-used door from the Parish church of St Crux.

This Grade II listed building was erected in 1888, and as mentioned above, contains masonry from the original church, built on this site sometime during the 1080's. It was paid for by using the repair fund for St Crux. As the costs of rebuilding the Parish church spiralled out of control, it was finally decided that the church should be demolished, and the remaining funds be used to erect the Hall.

Check this website for more information on St Crux.

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