York Minster - Dragon?
This is rather strange, and protrudes above the north side of the west section of the Nave - which is the widest Nave in Europe.
I read somewhere or other that nobody's sure what this thing is, but the Minster's own site
describes it as a 'crane' or 'hoist', probably for lifting the lid off a font, but there's no longer a font beneath it because during the Civil War it was taken away and put in St John's Church, Bridlington. It must have been a massive lid, no doubt would have been ornately carved wood or stone.
I can't find out when this dragon crane/hoist was put in place, although the Nave was built between 1291 and 1350.
To me it looks like the stylised prow of a longship, maybe that's what it's meant to be - because York was an important Viking city
, known as Jorvik (pronouned Yorvik). Their authority came to an end in 1066, not a hugely long time before the new Nave was built - I think it's important to remember that there has been a church on this site since AD627..
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