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Work underway on 600-year-old stained glass windows at York Minster

Work has started to protect 600-year-old stained glass windows at York Minster, as part of an £11 million renovation scheme.

It is part of an 11-year restoration project to preserve parts of the cathedral and to add environmental protective glazing to more than 70 of its unprotected windows.

Dating from the early 1400s, the windows are about 70ft (21m) from the ground.

Conservation Manager removes a stained glass window Credit: Danny Lawson/ PA Images

The windows in the South Quire Clerestory have been unprotected for 600 years and are now heavily corroded, with extensive paint loss, fire damage and even holes in places,"

"The glass will be cleaned and repaired and the lead, which keeps the glass in place, will also be stabilised.

"Once complete, the panels will be returned to the Minster with new, state-of-the-art protective glazing to prevent further decay and preserve the irreplaceable glass for future generations," Ms Brown added.

– Sarah Brown, director of York Glaziers Trust
  • Conservation Manager Nick Teed explains the damage to the medieval windows.