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Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate

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Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate
The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity is more generally known as Holy Trinity Micklegate. It sits on the south-west corner of Micklegate and Trinity Lane. In 1089 the Benedictines from Marmoutier in Normandy, known in York as the 'Alien Benedictines', created a priory here, on the site of a pre-Conquest church, which itself was possibly the successor of Alcuin of York's great Saxon church, the Alma Sophia. The priory was a large monastic complex with Holy Trinity at its heart.

It seems that the Benedictines built a new priory church adjacent to the ancient church, although the latter remained in use by the local inhabitants even though it was probably small and ruinous. The priory was swept away by the Dissolution but the church, also called Christ Church, survived. It seems that over time the remnants of both churches were built up into one church, with the tower on the site of the original building. Nearby, there was a Christian Spiritualist Church. [The History Files]


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Holy Trinity Church is located at OS Grid Ref. SE5987651543

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