Holy Trinity Church is known as one of York’s true hidden gems, nestled in a quiet space away from traffic and overshadowed by the enormous bulk of York Minster behind it. Whether or not you have any religious leanings, this small, dark, atmospheric church is well worth a visit.
Inside you’ll find an astonishing array of stained glass dating from the 15th century, and amazing box pews from the 17th century. There is no electric lighting or modern heating, and the floors and walls are all at slightly unusual angles! In fact, the church is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, though most of what you see here dates from the 13th and 14th centuries.
The ancient houses in front of the church (pictured below), facing on to Goodramgate, are known as Our Lady’s Row and are generally considered to be the oldest surviving houses in the entire city. The houses were originally built within the church yard, and their rental was used towards the church’s running expenses. About 200 years ago, there were plans to demolish the row of houses, but these plans were abandoned. Most residents and visitors to York agree that this was the best decision, leaving Holy Trinity Church hidden from view.
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