An old church in a modern guise
Often known as St Martin le Grand and most famous for the clock overhanging York's main shopping street, St Martin dates from at least the 11th century and was one of York's main parish churches and the civic church. It was largely destroyed by bombing on 29 April 1942. In the 1960s the surviving south aisle and tower were incorporated in a rebuilding on a smaller scale under the direction of the leading church architect George Pace. It was re-hallowed in April 1968 with a dedication to peace and reconciliation. It is open daily.
REFLECTION ON THE TUNISIAN TRAGEDY. At St Martin's we ssupport the initiative of the Mayor and Civic authorities to hold a vigil in memory of the victims of the Tunisian tragedy. The national one minute silence will be observed at the Guildhall at 12 noon on Friday July 3rd. The Guildhall will be open from 11.30am until 2.30pm.for a candle-lit vigil. Our Peace Light will be prominently on display. It will then be returned to St Martin's and be the focus for anyone who wishes to use some of the prayers we will make available or simply reflect or write a prayer of their own on our prayer tree,. The Peace Light will then be left in the Courtyard overnight.
St Helen has been united with St Martin Coney Street for many years. We now share a priest, the Reverend Jane Nattrass, with our neighbouring parishes of All Saints Pavement, St Denys, and St Olave.
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