Built around 1285, Hull Minster (formerly Holy Trinity) is a Grade I listed building. Throughout its history the church has been a prime repository of Hull's own heritage. The phases of the church history encapsulate the story of Hull itself. The church was built with the close patronage of Edward I, as he developed Kingston upon Hull, an outstanding example of an Edwardian planned town exhibiting bastide-type features. With Edward royal masons at work, Holy Trinity rose in concert with other royal foundations: notably, the London church of the Greyfriars, designed for Edward's second wife. Window traceries at Hull Minster were inspired by Louis IX's Sainte Chapelle in Paris. Holy Trinity furnished a model for other major churches in the Perpendicular period including Newark, Nottingham, Manchester, Rotherham, as well as the old Coventry Cathedral. Above all, it's remarkably unified structure makes quite extraordinary use of light, that most noteworthy characteristic of the Perpendicular style. In architectural terms this church is of at least national and, in key respects, of international significance. Other elements which make Hull Minster unique are; two arts and crafts windows designed by the world-renowned Walter Crane, the 6th largest organ in the country built in the 18th century, unique hand carved oak pew ends from medieval and Victorian times, Robert Mousey Thompson furniture containing his trademark mice, and a beautifully carved coralloid marble font dating back to around 1380, used by the slave abolitionist William Wilberforce.
The grant will help fund a project of repairs to the clerestory windows including stonework and associated glazing.
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