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The Church of St. Mary Bishophill the Younger, York

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The Church of St. Mary Bishophill the Younger, York
The Parish Church of St Mary Bishophill Junior is on the northern side of Bishophill Junior, opposite Prospect Terrace. In Roman York, Bishophill was the site of the civilian settlement. No convincing explanation of the names of this or the Bishophill Senior church has yet been found. Architectural evidence above ground suggests that Junior is the older church, and that both Bishophill churches were founded before (and perhaps long before) the Conquest.

The Junior church is first mentioned in a papal confirmation of 1194. The church comprises a nave with north and south aisles, chancel with north aisle, and a porch and west tower. The tower is the earliest piece of parochial church architecture of any size surviving in the city and is probably from the early eleventh century on older (Saxon) foundations (with bits of Roman tile in its make-up). St Mary's also plays host to St Constantine's Greek Orthodox congregation. [The History Files]


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The Church of St. Mary Bishophill the Younger is located at OS Grid Ref. SE5999651472

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