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“A rather unusual church.”

St. Martin's Church
Ranked #96 of 214 things to do in York
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Owner description: Parts of this fifteenth-century church were destroyed in an air raid during World War II, but many have been restored to their former glory including the famous clock, dating back to 1668, and the great west window, depicting scenes from the life of St. Martin of Towers.
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Often known as St Martin-le-Grand this once splendid church was bombed in 1942 and was partially rebuilt and rededicated in 1968. As such, the building is a fascinating mix of the modern and ancient.

The St Martin of Tours window on the north wall is a stunning 15th century masterpiece that was originally the great west window of St Martins and survived the bombing because it had been taken down for safe keeping in 1940.

Another ancient piece is the font which is of unknown age but known to be medieval. Compare this with the very modern reredos designed by Frank Roper in 1968 and you get a true feeling for what this lovely church is about.

Thank johnhouston2
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

On the warmest day of the year, to come into this church and reflect on life was good.

The church was very nearly destroyed in World War 2 and rebuilt in part in the years afterwards. It still functions as a church but also an anti war shrine as well. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Yorkterrier01
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

I called in to St. Martin-le-Grand's during Holocaust Week as it is the centre dedicated to peace and reconciliation. The golden reredos depicting The Last Supper immediately catches the eye, but on this visit I noticed the unique, glass enclosed organ fascinated me. It's a single manual and 3 stops, being built in 1968 and presented to the Church as a gift from the West German Government and Evangelical Church.

Thank MedEngland
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

little church very tranquil and historic,well worth a wander in to see.A nice place to pray or just sit and gather your thoughts.

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Reviewed 9 September 2016

Standing on part of the original site which has housed a church for around a thousand years. Just a few strides ahead as you enter is a stunning nine metre high 15th century stained glass window dedicated to St. Martin de Tours. Immediately to the left is a unique mechanical pipe organ and to the far right behind the alter a prominent metallic reredo. These and other features together with the church history and current activities are well described. One of the most interesting churches I've visited.

Thank Brian B
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