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St Peter figure returns to York Minster
8:07am Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
AN intricate carved figure of St Peter will be returned to its position above the Great East Window at York Minster over the next few weeks.
The installation marks a major milestone in the five-year York Minster Revealed restoration and conservation project.
The stone figure is one of the largest on the exterior of York Minster and has been carved to interpret the original figure, eroded by centuries of wind and rain.
Stone carvers, academics and historians spent months not only researching who or what the figure would have been, but also how it may have looked.
“This is an iconic figure that sat in pride of place above an iconic window, so its importance as part of York’s history and York Minster’s appearance cannot be underestimated,” said York Minster’s superintendent of works, Rebecca Thompson.
The figure has been produced by a team of three stone carvers working at York Minster’s Stoneyard in Deangate, and designed by the assistant to the master mason, Martin Coward. It is made from three individual blocks of stone, especially imported from a quarry in France, and has taken nearly four months to complete.
However, most people will not see the results for another three years, as the scaffolding will remain in place until 2016.
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