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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.


“The cleaning up operation began as soon as the burning timbers had been dampened down.”

– Richard Bunday, Head Verger

Minster Archaeologist, Derek Phillips, was near London when he heard news of the fire on the radio at about 7am. He changed direction and was in York by 10am to oversee the recording of fallen timbers and roof bosses. Over 1,000 timbers were recorded and taken off site for further study.


God of beauty, we thank you for the skill and artistry bestowed upon humanity. Help us to treasure the human resources that can make beauty out of stone, glass and fabric bringing beauty, joy and delight to our lives.


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