What can YOU say in six sentences?
If you climbed to the top of Clifford’s Tower in the last part, you would have looked over the rooftops
Of York and seen the Minster dominating the skyline.
On the 9th of July 1984, it was a very different sight that would have met your eyes as the south transept
of the Minster was well ablaze. It was devastating to see the resulting damage, but interesting to watch the progress of the painstaking restoration over the next four years.
The fire of 1984 was not the first that the Minster had experienced in its long existence, the first conflagration being in 1137.
On 2nd February 1927, an arson attack by Non-Conformist, Jonathan Martin, inflicted heavy damage
to the east end, and an accidental fire in 1940 left the nave, the south-west tower and the south aisle
blackened, roofless shells.
We will return to the Minster later but, with all this talk of fire, I think a cooling trip next along the River Ouse would make a refreshing change.