St Denys's Church, York

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St Denys's Church, York
St Denys's Church, York
St Denys's Church, York
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Location York
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Dedication St Denys
Heritage designation Grade I listed[1]
Parish York St Denys
Deanery York
Archdeaconry York
Diocese Diocese of York
Province Province of York

St Denys's Church, York is a Grade I listed[1] parish church in the Church of England on Walmgate in York.[2]


It was built on the site of a Saxon church and possibly of a Roman temple (the earliest records date from c. 1154). Inside some of the earliest stained glass in York can be found: the sculpted Norman doorway and 15th century heraldic roof are also noteworthy features. The figure of St Denys can be seen in the 15th-century east window – fewer than 40 English churches are dedicated to this French saint.

The church was originally a lot larger than it is now, as part of the church subsided after the king's fishpool was drained; another part gave way shortly after as a sewer was being built nearby and the current main entrance is situated where a window used to be. Originally it also had a spire but, unfortunately, between the 17th and 18th century it was hit by a cannon shot and struck by lightning. The spire was only removed 20 years later after being partially blown down.

The church was rebuilt in 1798 and then in 1846 - 1847 there were further alterations including the rebuilding of the west end and tower, and north and south arcades under the supervision of the architect Thomas Pickersgill.


  • Robert Welborn Hotham c. 1806 by Fisher
  • James Melrose (d. 1837) by Plows
  • Rev John Walker, Rector, (d. 1813)
  • Dorothy Wilson (d. 1717)


The pipe organ was built by Postill and dates from 1855. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Historic England. "Church of St Denys  (Grade I) (1256313)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. The Buildings of England. York and the East Riding. Nikolaus Pevsner and David Neave. Yale University Press. 1995. ISBN 0300095937
  3. "NPOR N03915". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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