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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 smoke became so thick that it was difficult to breathe, and the South Transept and Central Tower area became increasingly dangerous, owing to falling burning debris and drops of molten lead”

– Dean & Mrs Jasper

Upon hearing the alarm, Minster Clergy rushed into the building to rescue precious textiles, silver and furniture. Canon John Toy soaked a handkerchief and held it to his face as the atmosphere inside became thick with ash and smoke.


God our defender, help those faced with adversity and danger; give them strength in their moment of need.


Click HERE to find out more about the On This Spot photo trail.

Image reproduced with kind permission of N Quayle.

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