Late medieval sub-division of space within a parish church: Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, York
York Medieval Yearbook, ISSUE No. 1, (2002)
One of the most elusive aspects of medieval religious life is how people actually worshipped, that is, how they used the spaces demarcated for religious activity. Evidence of segregation within parish churches is often sought in an attempt to establish the dynamics of medieval parish life – did parishioners have a perception of some form of hierarchy of worship within their church? This essay will analyse the material evidence of one particular parish church – Holy Trinity in Goodramgate, York – in order to suggest the existence of screens as a physical and psychological barrier/delimiter of space in several parts of the building. Firstly, a brief outline of the history of the main fabric of the church will be given. Secondly, the material evidence for the suggested screens will be presented.