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"Topping-out" ceremony for York Minster's North Quire pinnacles
9:20am Wednesday 19th September 2012 in News
A STAINED-glass window hidden for nearly 15 years will soon be revealed again following the completion of painstaking restoration work at York Minster.
Yesterday saw the Acting Dean and Canon of the Minster, the Rev Glynn Webster, join craftsman from the Minster Stoneyard high on the roof of the North Quire to mark the “topping-out” of the stone pinnacles.
The completion of the North Quire pinnacles allows the conserved St William Window to be revealed for the first time in almost 15 years. Rebecca Thompson, superintendent of works, said: “This has been an interesting project over the last three years and in an area that not many people have had a chance to view the craftsmanship.”
According to Minster historians, The St William Window is one of the most important pieces of medieval stained glass in the world, showing the miracles of St William of York. It was created by John Thornton around the beginning of the 15th century.
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