The walls of the nave and the central tower is all that remain of the substantial Benedictine priory church founded in 1089, itself on the site of a pre-Conquest church.
York Baptist Church is located in York Historic Core Conservation Area, surrounded by other listed churches, houses and business premises.
It is a building of outstanding architectural quality in an area of unquestionable richness and variety. Not only is the church listed, but the boundary wall and railings are separately listed too. Internally, the the church contains a cast iron gallery with decorative wrought iron panels inset into the timber balcony frontage. Historic churches represent a precious and irreplaceable resource.
York Baptist Church gives distinctiveness, meaning and quality to the place where it is located, making an important contribution to people's enjoyment of the locality.
In the early years of its existence, the well known American evangelist DL Moody came to England. It was the Minister's Vestry at York Baptist Church that was the starting point for the evangelistic meetings and spiritual revival of DL Moody which spread throughout England.