Showers in Minster Gates by Mark Braithwaite

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Showers in Minster Gates by YorkArtist's resident artist Mark Braithwaite

From The Classic York Collection 

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Showers in Minster Gates by YorkArtist's resident artist Mark Braithwaite

From The Classic York Collection

Minster Gates leads from the Rose Window and South Transept of York Minster to Stonegate. The South Transept is the oldest part of the present Minster.

In 1285, Edward I granted a licence to the Dean and Chapter to enclose the Minster precinct with a gated wall. These gates were to be closed at night, purportedly for the "prevention of nocturnal incursions of thieves" from the Minster Close; legend, however, has it that they were equally to prevent the nocturnal excursions of the young clergy, to the temptingly close Grope (now Grape) Lane! "Minster Gates" was the entrance to the city from the cathedral. These walls have long ago been destroyed, but the name remains.

When the cathedral was struck by lightning in 1984, the South Transept was gutted in the ensuing fire. Happily, it has been fully restored to its former glory.

Minster Gates has also been known as Bookbinders' Alley. York was, for a long time, the only place outside of London where a printing press was allowed to be set up, and Stonegate and Petergate were the heart of this industry. On the corner of Minster Gates is a carved wood bookseller's sign of Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom.

The original was painted in acrylic on canvas, in 2001. Look for Lucy, M.J. Braithwaite's black cat trademark.

Multibuy Special Offer; buy FOUR of the 24x30cm prints for £15

 

 Multi Buy Special Offer

 

 

  • A larger, artist signed version, presented in a 40x50cm mount, is also available, £32
Showers in Minster Gates