All Saints' Church, North Street, York

All Saints' Church, North Street, York
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All Saints' Church, North Street, York
Coordinates: 53°57′30.4″N 1°5′10.3″W / 53.958444°N 1.086194°W / 53.958444; -1.086194
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipTraditional Catholic
DedicationAll Saints
Heritage designationGrade I listed[1]
ParishAll Saints, North Street, York
DioceseDiocese of York
ProvinceProvince of York
Bishop(s)The Rt Revd Glyn Webster (AEO)

All Saints' Church is a Church of England parish church on North Street, York, North Yorkshire.[2] The church is a Grade I listed building.[1]


The nave and chancel

The earliest part of the church is the nave dating from the 12th century. The arcades date from the 13th century and the east end was rebuilt in the 14th century, when the chancel chapels were added.

An anchorite building was erected at the west end in the fifteenth century and a squint made through the wall so that Emma Raughton could observe and hear the Mass being said. This was rebuilt in 1910.

The church was restored between 1866 and 1867 by JB and W Atkinson of York, which included the rebuilding of the south aisle wall, the addition of a porch and a vestry, half of the roof being replaced, new seating provided throughout, the pillars and walls scraped, and a new organ provided[3] The masonry work was done by Mr Brumby of Skeldergate, the carpentry by Mr Dennison, the plumbing and glazing by Messrs Hodgson and the painting by Mr Lee of Gillygate. The chancel ceiling and reredos were decorated by Mr Knowles. The chancel was laid with Minton tiles. The total cost of the restoration, including the new organ, was £1,500 (equivalent to £130,462 in 2018).[4]

The pulpit dates from 1675.

The chancel screen was installed in 1906, and designed by Edwin Ridsdale Tate. He also rebuilt the anchorite's house in 1910. The church was restored again in 1991 by the architect Peter Marshall.

Stained glass

The church is noted as containing the finest collection of medieval glass in York except that of York Minster, mostly dating from the early 14th century.[1] Perhaps the most famous is that depicting the Prick of Conscience dating from c. 1410.[5]

From the north aisle, the windows are

  • A set of 15th-century coats of arms
  • The St Thomas window dating from c. 1410
  • The Corporal Acts of Mercy dating from c. 1410
  • The Prick of Conscience window dating from c. 1410
  • The Lady Chapel east window dating from c. 1330
  • The Chancel east window dating from c. 1410
  • The south aisle east window dating from c. 1350
  • The St Michael and St John window dating from c. 1430
  • The Nine Orders of Angels window dating from c. 1410
  • The St James window dating from c. 1410


  • John Etty (d. 1709)
  • Revd. John Stoddart
  • Joan Stoddart (d. 1599)
  • James Pennyman (d. 1699)
  • Joshua Witton (d. 1674).
  • William Stockton (d. 1471)
  • Robert Colynson (d. 1458)
  • Thomas Clerk (d. 1482)
  • Thomas Askwith (d. 1609)
  • Charles Townley (d. 1712)


The organ by Forster and Andrews

The pipe organ was built by Forster and Andrews and dates from 1867. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Church of All Saints with Anchorage Attached  (Grade I) (1257067)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 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 and Re-opening of All Saints Church, North Street". York Herald. York. 18 May 1867. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  4. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  5. ^ Roger Rosewell, 'The Pricke of Conscience or the Fifteen Signs of Doom Window in the Church of All Saints, North Street, York', Vidimus, 45 (n.d.),
  6. ^ "NPOR D05798". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 5 May 2015.

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