[Bell Historians] Grape Lane church

Peter Rivet peter at 9n-nC0cnCVgWqasbIThlUXgE8xcUHbzQV5pJ9KI4fScMR-EKJLbGzjz237O2Q06gGoaZMZv9q50521SJlw.yahoo.invalid
Thu May 11 18:44:37 BST 2006

In answer to your first question, no as St Michael le Belfry is in High
Petergate.  Grape Lane runs between Swinegate and Low Petergate, some
distance away and as the English Place Names Society volume on York and the
East Riding points out (p. 289), its other name is a common one "as applied
to any dark alley".  In Lancaster there is a passage called Bashfull Alley
which appears to have been renamed for the same reason.

As for the more relevant question to this group, did it ever have a ring of
bells - did it ever have a tower?  It seems unlikely.  The present church
was completed in 1537, to replace one which was pulled down in 1525.  The
present bellcote dates from 1848.


  -----Original Message-----
  From: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
[mailto:bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Dickon Love
  Sent: 11 May 2006 14:41
  To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
  Subject: [Bell Historians] Grape Lane church

  Given its proximity to Grape Lane, was St Michael-le-Belfrey ever known
  as St Michael's, Gropecunt Lane? If so, it makes you wonder what the
  present congregation might think about it? And did it used to have a
  ring of bells? Alas the York page has gone the same way as the name


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