Medieval church found in King’s Square

York Press: John Oxley John Oxley

ARCHAEOLOGISTS working for City of York Council may have found evidence of a medieval church in King’s Square.

The team is working to transform the square, and also found the foundations of a Victorian church at the site during the dig.

John Oxley, the council’s archaeologist, said: “Over the next couple of weeks the archaeologists will clean and record the remains of the church and remove any burials that might be affected by the resurfacing works. This is very exciting as opportunities, however brief, to look at these vanished churches in York are very rare.”

The works are not expected to cause any delays to the improvements.

For more information about Reinvigorate York visit york.gov.uk/reinvigorateyork

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8:33am Fri 6 Sep 13

Woody G Mellor says...

Cool. Does anyone know if its possible to see through the surrounding fences?
Cool. Does anyone know if its possible to see through the surrounding fences? Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 5

8:56am Fri 6 Sep 13

yorkandproud says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
Cool. Does anyone know if its possible to see through the surrounding fences?
Ask the landlord of the Last Drop Inn.
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Cool. Does anyone know if its possible to see through the surrounding fences?[/p][/quote]Ask the landlord of the Last Drop Inn. yorkandproud
  • Score: 1

9:20am Fri 6 Sep 13

Woody G Mellor says...

yorkandproud wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
Cool. Does anyone know if its possible to see through the surrounding fences?
Ask the landlord of the Last Drop Inn.
I new that was coming! ;0)
[quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Cool. Does anyone know if its possible to see through the surrounding fences?[/p][/quote]Ask the landlord of the Last Drop Inn.[/p][/quote]I new that was coming! ;0) Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 3

9:33am Fri 6 Sep 13

ouseswimmer says...

This must be such a surprise when digging on the site of a church.
This must be such a surprise when digging on the site of a church. ouseswimmer
  • Score: 22

9:39am Fri 6 Sep 13

Waspish1 says...

'Found ?' I didn't realise this church had become lost, seeing as it was only demolished about 80 years ago.
'Found ?' I didn't realise this church had become lost, seeing as it was only demolished about 80 years ago. Waspish1
  • Score: 16

9:44am Fri 6 Sep 13

Bo Jolly says...

Don't blame the archaeologists for this and any resulting delays.

The site of this church is obviously well-known: why the new paving has been designed in such a way as to disturb the remains is the question.
Don't blame the archaeologists for this and any resulting delays. The site of this church is obviously well-known: why the new paving has been designed in such a way as to disturb the remains is the question. Bo Jolly
  • Score: 8

9:50am Fri 6 Sep 13

Woody G Mellor says...

Waspish1 wrote:
'Found ?' I didn't realise this church had become lost, seeing as it was only demolished about 80 years ago.
I think you are referring to the Victorian church. It's the medieval one I think they are really interested in. Which to be honest, isn't such a surprise as churches have been built upon older churches as common practice for hundreds of centuries. Look at the minster for example.
[quote][p][bold]Waspish1[/bold] wrote: 'Found ?' I didn't realise this church had become lost, seeing as it was only demolished about 80 years ago.[/p][/quote]I think you are referring to the Victorian church. It's the medieval one I think they are really interested in. Which to be honest, isn't such a surprise as churches have been built upon older churches as common practice for hundreds of centuries. Look at the minster for example. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 9

9:50am Fri 6 Sep 13

Firedrake says...

The surviving gravestones were quite a clue!
The surviving gravestones were quite a clue! Firedrake
  • Score: 6

9:53am Fri 6 Sep 13

Firedrake says...

I am reminded of my two all-time favourite York Press headlines:
ROMANS BUILT WALL IN WRONG PLACE and CASTLEFORD IS REALLY YORK.
I am reminded of my two all-time favourite York Press headlines: ROMANS BUILT WALL IN WRONG PLACE and CASTLEFORD IS REALLY YORK. Firedrake
  • Score: 5

10:17am Fri 6 Sep 13

The Great Buda says...

No doubt the Church was put there by James the Red (fore farther of James Alexander) many centuries ago to damage the City Centre Traders.

#CoUnCiLcOnSpIrAcY!
No doubt the Church was put there by James the Red (fore farther of James Alexander) many centuries ago to damage the City Centre Traders. #CoUnCiLcOnSpIrAcY! The Great Buda
  • Score: -9

10:43am Fri 6 Sep 13

Grumpy Old Man says...

Found a lost church? Take a look in the Press library. You have pictures of this 'lost' church. Once again, sloppy journalism. Does no-one there ever check their stories?
Found a lost church? Take a look in the Press library. You have pictures of this 'lost' church. Once again, sloppy journalism. Does no-one there ever check their stories? Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 5

12:09pm Fri 6 Sep 13

far2bizzy says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
Waspish1 wrote:
'Found ?' I didn't realise this church had become lost, seeing as it was only demolished about 80 years ago.
I think you are referring to the Victorian church. It's the medieval one I think they are really interested in. Which to be honest, isn't such a surprise as churches have been built upon older churches as common practice for hundreds of centuries. Look at the minster for example.
Wasn’t one of the roman gates in that area and Eric Bloodaxe’s mansion? – it could end up a pretty deep hole.
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waspish1[/bold] wrote: 'Found ?' I didn't realise this church had become lost, seeing as it was only demolished about 80 years ago.[/p][/quote]I think you are referring to the Victorian church. It's the medieval one I think they are really interested in. Which to be honest, isn't such a surprise as churches have been built upon older churches as common practice for hundreds of centuries. Look at the minster for example.[/p][/quote]Wasn’t one of the roman gates in that area and Eric Bloodaxe’s mansion? – it could end up a pretty deep hole. far2bizzy
  • Score: 3

12:16pm Fri 6 Sep 13

far2bizzy says...

far2bizzy wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
Waspish1 wrote:
'Found ?' I didn't realise this church had become lost, seeing as it was only demolished about 80 years ago.
I think you are referring to the Victorian church. It's the medieval one I think they are really interested in. Which to be honest, isn't such a surprise as churches have been built upon older churches as common practice for hundreds of centuries. Look at the minster for example.
Wasn’t one of the roman gates in that area and Eric Bloodaxe’s mansion? – it could end up a pretty deep hole.
In fact come to think of it, is all this re-paving business simply an excuse for the archaeologists to have a good furtle around?
[quote][p][bold]far2bizzy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waspish1[/bold] wrote: 'Found ?' I didn't realise this church had become lost, seeing as it was only demolished about 80 years ago.[/p][/quote]I think you are referring to the Victorian church. It's the medieval one I think they are really interested in. Which to be honest, isn't such a surprise as churches have been built upon older churches as common practice for hundreds of centuries. Look at the minster for example.[/p][/quote]Wasn’t one of the roman gates in that area and Eric Bloodaxe’s mansion? – it could end up a pretty deep hole.[/p][/quote]In fact come to think of it, is all this re-paving business simply an excuse for the archaeologists to have a good furtle around? far2bizzy
  • Score: -1

12:51pm Fri 6 Sep 13

PinzaC55 says...

Archaeologists = add another £200,000 to the price tag plus another couple of months digging.
Archaeologists = add another £200,000 to the price tag plus another couple of months digging. PinzaC55
  • Score: -4

1:12pm Fri 6 Sep 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
Cool. Does anyone know if its possible to see through the surrounding fences?
You can stand on the raised bit where the buskers do their thing and look over the fence.
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Cool. Does anyone know if its possible to see through the surrounding fences?[/p][/quote]You can stand on the raised bit where the buskers do their thing and look over the fence. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 3

1:13pm Fri 6 Sep 13

MarkyMarkMark says...

PinzaC55 wrote:
Archaeologists = add another £200,000 to the price tag plus another couple of months digging.
Article says "The works are not expected to cause any delays to the improvements.".
[quote][p][bold]PinzaC55[/bold] wrote: Archaeologists = add another £200,000 to the price tag plus another couple of months digging.[/p][/quote]Article says "The works are not expected to cause any delays to the improvements.". MarkyMarkMark
  • Score: 4

2:25pm Fri 6 Sep 13

gmc_1963 says...

Holy Trinity demolished 1937

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Holy Trinity demolished 1937 https://cyc.sdp.sirs idynix.net.uk/client /search/asset/101564 8 gmc_1963
  • Score: 3

2:32pm Fri 6 Sep 13

Ichabod76 says...

The Great Buda wrote:
No doubt the Church was put there by James the Red (fore farther of James Alexander) many centuries ago to damage the City Centre Traders.

#CoUnCiLcOnSpIrAcY!
No your boyfriend's not responsible for everything !

Its usually the good things he's not responsible for :D
[quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: No doubt the Church was put there by James the Red (fore farther of James Alexander) many centuries ago to damage the City Centre Traders. #CoUnCiLcOnSpIrAcY![/p][/quote]No your boyfriend's not responsible for everything ! Its usually the good things he's not responsible for :D Ichabod76
  • Score: 2

5:34pm Fri 6 Sep 13

Woody G Mellor says...

far2bizzy wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
Waspish1 wrote:
'Found ?' I didn't realise this church had become lost, seeing as it was only demolished about 80 years ago.
I think you are referring to the Victorian church. It's the medieval one I think they are really interested in. Which to be honest, isn't such a surprise as churches have been built upon older churches as common practice for hundreds of centuries. Look at the minster for example.
Wasn’t one of the roman gates in that area and Eric Bloodaxe’s mansion? – it could end up a pretty deep hole.
Yes, Eric or some 'Viking' king lived in the old Roman gate house which once stood there. . That's why it's called Kings Square.
[quote][p][bold]far2bizzy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waspish1[/bold] wrote: 'Found ?' I didn't realise this church had become lost, seeing as it was only demolished about 80 years ago.[/p][/quote]I think you are referring to the Victorian church. It's the medieval one I think they are really interested in. Which to be honest, isn't such a surprise as churches have been built upon older churches as common practice for hundreds of centuries. Look at the minster for example.[/p][/quote]Wasn’t one of the roman gates in that area and Eric Bloodaxe’s mansion? – it could end up a pretty deep hole.[/p][/quote]Yes, Eric or some 'Viking' king lived in the old Roman gate house which once stood there. . That's why it's called Kings Square. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 2

5:34pm Fri 6 Sep 13

Woody G Mellor says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
Cool. Does anyone know if its possible to see through the surrounding fences?
You can stand on the raised bit where the buskers do their thing and look over the fence.
Thanks Buzzzz.
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Cool. Does anyone know if its possible to see through the surrounding fences?[/p][/quote]You can stand on the raised bit where the buskers do their thing and look over the fence.[/p][/quote]Thanks Buzzzz. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 1

10:46pm Fri 6 Sep 13

the butler says...

The comment about the last standing church is laughfable, don't the council read the city's records before digging anywhere within the walls, Most if not all those slabs were grave markers, By the way that old church was a gloomy looking building, a sad place...So the city is about to improve the site?
Most interesting..
The comment about the last standing church is laughfable, don't the council read the city's records before digging anywhere within the walls, Most if not all those slabs were grave markers, By the way that old church was a gloomy looking building, a sad place...So the city is about to improve the site? Most interesting.. the butler
  • Score: -1

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