Minster Yard and Minster Gates York. Minster Yard, to the south of York Minster, forms an open space mostly taken up by a shared cycle path and pedestrian area. Buildings belonging to the Minster, at any rate when first built, make it blend into the fabric of the City. Minster Gates, the short street linking Stonegate to Minster Yard, was once the site of a stone gateway. It was still there in 1736 but had been removed by 1800. The street has also been known as Bookland Lane and Bookbinders Alley, references to the church book businesses which were carried on in later centures, particularly the 19th, the shop at the far end still has a statue of Minerva with a pile of books above the windows, and 20th; Minster Gates Bookshop is still there today. Number 10 Minster Yard, to the left, was built by Dean Fountayne in 1753-55, with rainwater hoppers inscribed JF 1763. It was let as a house but is now offices for Minster School. To the right of Minster Gates is a row of houses, originally five, which faced Minster Gates, built between 1710 and 1734. To the right of that is number 12 Minster Yard. This was built in the 1830s as the Consistory Court, to designs by J P Pritchett.
The drawing is based on a photograph I took while waiting for Carolynn and her friends and colleagues, in the early evening in May. They had taken a group children from school to sing in York Minster and we were going to have a meal out afterwards. Pentel 0.3mm pencil in my A4 cartridge paper sketchbook.
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