You Could Own A Bit Of York Minster.
7:35am 16th August 2013
Stones which are old and have been removed in work to repair the Minster are being auctioned off today.
The York Minster Stoneyard is holding another stone auction today (Friday, 16 August 2013). The auction will allow supporters of York Minster to buy stones, which have been removed from the building during restoration work. Proceeds from the sale of stone will go towards the current programme of conservation and restoration being undertaken by the Stoneyard.
York Minster say that all the stone that is removed from the building is carefully examined by the Minster archaeologist and most pieces are numbered, listed and photographed as part of the ‘worked stone inventory’.
Most of the carved stones, such as gargoyles, are kept as part of the Minster’s stone collection, along with stones which hold important evidence of traditional masonry practice. But some stones don't need to be kept if the Minster already has a lot of surviving examples of a similar type of stone and these are included in the auction.
The Minster says it will provide buyers with a brief description and certificate of the stone. They add that purchased stones will need to be removed from the site by 4:30 pm on 16 August. (Removal/carriage can be privately arranged with ‘One man, one Van’ who will be on site on auction day.)
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