Saturday, May 14, 2016

New Meets Old

Events in Old York:

  • St Wilfrid's Catholic Church
  • York Minster
  • Yorkshire Pudding
  • York Castle Museum

Today the HUM 1915 travel course started bright and early with a trip to York! We first had a brief stop at St Wilfrid's Catholic Church. Through the course we have seen many conflicts throughout history, many of which revolved around religious differences. Because of the rift between religions formed by the Reformation, few churches remained in Catholic major cities. Many of them were converted to Protestant places of worship because of the changing beliefs of the monarchs. St Wilfrid's is one of the few Catholic Churches that is directly in a major city such as York.

St Wilfrid's Catholic Church

Our next stop was York Minster. In 1407 the Central Tower of the Minster started to collapse, through further investigation and assessment of the structure, it was discovered that it was built on the ruins of a Roman Fortress. The first known reference to this site as a cathedral was c. 627 when the Anglo Saxon King Edwin of Northumbria was baptized here. Through it's many renovations the foundation is continuously a concern for the upkeep of such a history rich monument that still gets plenty of use today. Today the Minster is still a place of worship, has it's own police force, and has hosted the Royal Maundy Thursday service twice (once in 1972 and again in 2012) which is the most it has been held anywhere outside the immediate London area.

York Minster from the front entrance

Ancient Baptismal Font in the crypt that dates to the mid 1500's 
and is still used in ceremonies today

Emily W and Hannah look at the Cope Chest in which ceremonial cloaks were kept
the iron work on top dates to the 12th century

The group poses in front of the oldest Medieval stained glass in Europe

Little photo bomber, Isla, giggles with the class at York Minster

After a tour of York Minster the class thoroughly enjoyed their tasting of the traditional Yorkshire Pudding. Yorkshire Pudding has the base similar to a bread bowl and contains roasted potatoes, vegetables, and meat (usually lamb, beef, or pork) and may include gravy. 

Traditional Yorkshire pudding

Erika, Emily O, and Corissa

Kate and Sadie

Brittany, Amelia, and Hannah

Kaurin, Emily W, Liz, and Allie

Our last stop of the day was to the York Castle Museum. Some of the exhibits included a replica of the original Terry's Sweet Shop, Debtor's Prisons, and daily home settings for the middle class through different decades. Many displays also focused on life in Europe during World War II. It compared the lives of people on the home front to no man's land and being in the trenches. Unfortunately only a single ruin of York Castle remains standing today.

Corissa and Emily O look out over the recreation of a Victorian street

Victorian Street scene

Most of the class with a horse and buggy

Amelia, Emily W, Allie, and Hannah got locked up

Emily W gives Allie a math lesson in the Victorian schoolhouse

Allie climbs through a simulation of a WWI German trench

Kaurin stuck in the stocks at the debtor's prison

York Castle


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