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by David Nash Ford BA,
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St. Crux Parish Room
At the junction of Pavement & the Shambles
This tiny little building, used as a tea-room and sales venue for charitable purposes, sits on Pavement, sandwiched between the Shambles and Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate. It was built from the remains of the great medieval church of St. Crux (Holy Cross), whose site it marks, and houses, a
crowded but impressive array of colourful monuments and brasses saved from the building upon its demolition in 1886.
St. Crux was one of York's finest places of worship and the burial place of the headless Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland. Mostly dating from 1424, its, once well-known, Italianate Tower was said to have been designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1697. Anglo-Scandinavian carvings from the site show its ancient origins. It was a great loss to the city.
Next Stop: Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate
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