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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.


“It was very difficult to tell from the outside what difference they were all making; if anything, the fire seemed to rage even more fiercely, and one felt completely powerless”

– Molly Toy

Firefighters from 12 different stations were mobilised, with over 130 firefighters and three turn-table ladders involved in tackling the blaze. Hoses were laid down the streets of York to draw water from the River Ouse.


God of power and might, help us when we feel powerless to be inspired by the power of your love, strengthened in faith and feel hopeful again.


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