I recently discovered Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, in York city centre completely by accident. It was a very cold, wet Sunday afternoon in February. I’d gone to York to take some photos of the Minster, but as it wasn’t open yet, decided to get a sandwich whilst I waited. After grabbing one from a Tesco Express, I didn’t fancy eating in the pouring rain on the busy street, so ducked into a quiet alleyway opposite. I was surprised to find that the alleyway led to a small church. After eating my somewhat soggy sandwich on a somewhat soggy bench, I figured that whilst I was there, I might as well pop into the church to have a look. I am so glad I did. Holy Trinity Church is very different from any church I’ve been in before and I ended up taking quite a few photos inside.
The church itself is small, but as the staff explained to me, it is amazing it has survived to this day. The church dates from between 1250 and the end of the 15th century. The east window dates from 1470 and is a very rare surviving example of medieval stained glass. The box pews that fill the inside date from the late 17th century and are also rare. There isn’t a straight line in the place and the floor and pews undulate down the length of the building. The inside has so much character, added to by the fact it is light only by candlelight and the windows¹.
The location and candlelight mean it is very dark inside. This wasn’t helped by the weather outside on my visit. For me this added to its charm, but from a photography perspective, a tripod was essential. To give you an idea, just to expose the interior, I was on 20-25 second exposures. I asked permission before using the tripod and the staff were very helpful. I’m told that on a sunny day at around midday, the light streams through the windows bathing the interior in both colour and light. I will have to come back to see it!
Looking around, there are lots of interesting features and I’d like to come back to take another look. This shot below was the last I took before they closed up, but I think it’s probably my favourite.
Here are a few more of my photos of Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate:
|Approximate post code (for sat nav)||YO1 7LF|
|Directions||On Goodramgate, the entrance to the church is through a brick archway opposite the Tesco Express. This is the archway:
|Parking||If you are driving to York, I would recommend using one of the park and ride car parks on the outskirts of the city, as parking is difficult in York city centre. Alternatively you can catch the train to York and walk from the train station.|
This is the location of Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate:
Notes for next time
- Come on a brighter day to get the light coming through the windows
- Take more details, particularly of the windows
¹ Yorvik.co.uk, Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, http://www.jorvik.co.uk/holy-trinity-church-goodramgate/ [accessed 19 February 2017]