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by David Nash Ford BA,
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St. Mary's Chapter House
In the Yorkshire Museum
The St. Mary Galleries at the Yorkshire Museum were built in 1988 to mark the 900th anniversary of the foundation of St. Mary's Abbey. They stand over the remains of the Abbey's Private Parlour, East Cloister Walk, Chapter House Vestibule, Chapter House and Novices' Schoolroom.
Here the Museum has displayed the history of St. Mary's with superb reconstruction drawings, models, artefacts such as the infirmary mortar (a masterpiece of medieval foundry-work) and hundreds of architectural features rescued from the Abbey excavations. The Vestibule and beautifully carved entrance to the Chapter House are almost fully reconstructed where they once stood and huge stone biblical figures line the gallery walls.
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