On all my visits to the Minster I had thought that the Dragon’s head was a recent addition, until I looked into it further on my recent visit…

It is thought to be part of a medieval mechanism that raised a font cover that has long since disappeared.

This is almost certainly the remains of an elaborate lifting mechanism for raising, by way of a chain through the dragon’s mouth, the 50ft (15.2m) high cover known to have adorned the medieval font, but lost at the Reformation. *

The Dragon's Head

*From the York Minster guide book.

PS: I have amended my typo as per the first comment ;-)

14 Comments CherryPie on Dec 13th 2011

14 Responses to “The Dragon’s Head”

  1. ivan says:

    Methinks they’re not very good at converting feet to metres. 158.2m is 419.029 ft, 50 ft is 15.24m or at least that was how it worked out not long ago.

    • CherryPie says:

      It is me that isn’t very good at typing (or rather proof reading)…

      It should read (15.2m)

      It is nice to know that someone is reading my posts properly ;-)

  2. jameshigham says:

    When will you go to Rosslyn, Cherie?

    • CherryPie says:

      I would love to go there ;-) But even if I get the chance, no photographs are allowed!!!

      Chartres was an the cards this year, but I didn’t quite make it…

  3. So little of the pre-reformation decoration exists. I must get off my butt and go visit the Wenhaston Doom

  4. Ginnie says:

    Dragon’s Head? I’m still basking in the lighting of this image, Cherry.

    • CherryPie says:

      The lighting was wonderful when I visited the sun kept going in and out of the clouds and I had to keep being quick with my camera to capture some of the spectacular effects.

  5. Claire says:

    The design of this is so ingenious and well thought out – they were clever in the olden days.

  6. Marcie says:

    It’s incredible how ancient the structure is. Amazing – really and truly!!!

  7. Claude says:

    I never cease to to admire!