Building Projects

The Vicar and Churchwardens together with the PCC have a number of significant building projects in hand.

In 2002 the Parish Church faced demolition.  A survey of the fabric by Richard Carr-Archer, the Minster's architect, identified some very serious defects which included dangerous wiring, a defunct heating system, and substantial rot and decay to the roof timbers.  
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The Spire of St Lawrence York
Led by Brian Fletcher, the sub-post master at Walmgate Post Office, a daunting programme of repairs and grant seeking began.   Aided by English Heritage, and over the course of a decade, the building was saved. In the end the programme of works effectively represented a very major restoration project, and we are very grateful to the many people and institutions whose dedication, skill, faith, and generosity are allowing the church to be saved for everyone and are contributing to the renewal of the Lawrence Street area of York.  Combined grants from many different bodies and individuals combined with PCC fundraising and collections have enabled around £1.4m of work to be carried out in the last decade (2003 - 2013).   
2004-2010 saw huge structural repairs to the church roof and landmark spire.  Carried out by William Anelay the work involved replacing many of the supporting roof timbers of the nave, and addressed the water goods, and making the building water tight.  Re-glazing to the clerestory windows and high level stonework repairs was also included.   The top of the spire was re-built and the spire stonework pointed up. LightSignificant work has been done to repair and conserve the church's glass, with notable work done to the three large west windows, two of the three east windows, all of the clerestory windows, and the Alcuin window, and we are hoping to find enough money to save the stunning First World War memorial window. IMG_7374 During 2013/2014 a new lighting scheme has been installed and the church fully rewired. We have also drastically improved lighting around the churchyard, making it a safer place to be.

An active Church of England church in York, between the busy University of York campus and the ancient city walls – serving the Parish of St Lawrence -with-St Nicholas with Christian prayer, worship, fellowship, hospitality, and charity.