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On Monday 9 July 1984 lightning struck York Minster’s South Transept.

Fire destroyed the roof and caused the Rose Window to crack in approximately 40,000 places. Skilled craftspeople undertook a four-year restoration project, returning the transept to its former glory.


“No one can be in any doubt of their great achievement in making the Nave ready for worship by the following Sunday. To have suffered such a destructive fire and yet to have lost not a single Sunday’s choral worship is a record to be proud of.”

– Adrian Leak

All areas of the Minster suffered from the effects of the fire, with water wreaking havoc and ash settling everywhere. Textiles were laid outside to dry and industrial dehumidifiers brought in to dry out the Nave in time for Sunday worship.


Faithful God, we give thanks for all whose dedication and devotion helped to breathe new life back into the Minster, through their tireless efforts and commitment.


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