The College of Vicars Choral of York Minster at Bedern: Architectural Fragments

Item

list of authors
D. A. Stocker
Is Part Of
The Archaeology of York [Series]
The Medieval Walled City North-East of the Ouse [Volume]
volume
10
issue
04
Publisher
Council for British Archaeology for York Archaeological Trust
Date Copyrighted
1999
Date Available
Digitally available on 24 November 2023
Abstract
The Bedern excavations of 1973-80 produced a large and important group of 412 fragments of architectural masonry. The great majority of these fragments were not cut for the College of the Vicars Choral buildings at Bedern themselves, but were brought to the site as rubble for re-use in successive medieval and post-medieval building campaigns. A large sub-set of this material represents masonry originally cut in the 1160s or 1170s for the new choir and western towers of York Minster. This material has a dual significance. First, it can tell us more about the appearance of the 12th century Minster, which was a seminal building in English architectural history and one of the first buildings in the Gothic style in Northern England. Secondly, as we know when these Minster buildings were demolished, we can provide quite accurate dates for the arrival of the stone on the Bedern site, and thus for the Bedern buildings which re-used their masonry. Consequently, the various importations of masonry from Minster buildings provide a series of dated horizons in the site's stratigraphy and symbolise, very effectively, the subordination of the Vicars Choral to their masters, the Minster canons. The collection of stones has also been used as the basis for a study of the character and development of masoncraft.
Rights Holder
York Archaeological Trust
Rights
CC BY 4.0
Format
Portable Document Format (PDF)
Is Format Of
Paper publication
Identifier
GB2837-PUB-AY-10-4
oclcnum
41257185
isbn10
1902771028
isbn13
9781902771021
Type
Text
Language
English
page start
211
page end
375
number of pages
165

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