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St. Crux Parish Hall, York

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St. Crux Parish Hall, York
The Church of St Crux Pavement stood at the southern end of the Shambles, while St Crux Hall still stands on the northern side of The Stonebow, between Colliergate and the Shambles (behind the former church on its eastern flank). The name is a corruption of 'Saincte Crusses', or Holy Cross Church. Carved Saxon cross fragments have been found on the site, but nothing is known of the first church building. The first mention of it is from the Domesday Book of 1085-1086.

The church gradually fell into disrepair, and all but the tower was rebuilt in stone in 1424. The tower was rebuilt in the Italian style in 1697, red brick with stone dressings, a cupola on top with a large weather vane and stone 'vases' at each corner. Poor foundations meant that it slowly declined. The Victorians considered it 'unsightly'. The stone vases were missing by 1881, and the cupola collapsed in 1872. It became unsafe and was demolished in 1887. Only the hall (here) remains. [The History Files]


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St. Crux Parish Hall is located at OS Grid Ref. SE6049651832

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