Before moving on from York, I wanted to share with you an unexpected find that we stumbled upon during our stay there. Just behind one of the busiest pedestrian streets in York and in the shadow of the towers of Yorkminster, lies a hidden treasure connected by a narrow alley away from the bustle of the city.
It is the Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate.. Surrounded by a tranquil grassy courtyard, this church, with foundations from the 12th century, dates primarily from the 15th century.
Entering the church, you first notice the original box pews and the uneven flooring which gives it some interesting character. The light floods in from the medieval stained glass just behind the altar. Today the church is only used on special occasions--no electricity has been installed, so any evening services are by candlelight.
I've only seen box pews like this in a few places, since most have been removed since then and replaced with benches. The ones here date from the 18 century,
and were installed in churches to give families some privacy and some extra protection from drafts. Some of them were even considered personal property and were passed down through the generations.
Donated by the rector at the time, the beautiful stained glass dates from 1470 and even includes the rector
himself kneeling under the Trinity.
Just a quiet little gem of a church, tucked away where one can retreat for some contemplative reflection, it's serendipities like this that can make a special trip even more memorable.
Have you ever discovered a secret gem or treasure on your travels?