A CITY centre church is one step closer to securing £530,000 to restore its stained glass windows.

All Saints on North Street has been awarded more than £99,000 from the National Lottery to kickstart the project.

The team want to use the money to fund isothermal glazing, which will protect the glass.

The windows date from the second quarter of the 14th century and the first half of the 15th. English Heritage said they are of national importance.

Bishop Glyn Webster said: “All of us at All Saints North Street are delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players.

"The Church of All Saints North Street is one of the finest medieval churches in York, and this funding will enable us to preserve its fine windows for many years to come.”

The organisation will apply for a full grant at a later date.

The church is a Grade I listed building with foundations dating back to before the Norman Conquest and features from the 12th to the 16th centuries.

Windows of iconographic interest depict unique subjects and the stained glass is one of the most extensive collections to survive the Reformation.