Convent of St Joseph, Order of the Poor Clares, York, UK

St Joseph's Convent, Order of the Poor Clares, York

St Joseph's was a convent in York formed by the Order of the Poor Clares. The nuns moved to smaller premises then the number of residents dwindled.

Visited February 2014 - October 2015  UK York, Yorkshire, UK Redevelopment

St Joseph’s Convent in York was founded in 1864 by a group of sisters who came to York from a convent in Bruges. The Nuns were from the Order of the Poor Clares, who aim to be as self sufficient as possible.

The buildings were designed by a local Roman Catholic ecclesiastical architect, George Goldie, and were built between 1870 and 1875. At its peak during the 1940s, the convent was home to more than 40 nuns, but numbers slowly declined over the years.

The convent is set in 6.3 acres of land and is surrounded by a 15ft wall. Buildings on the estate include The Lodge which is the former Priest’s House as well as The Extern and The Quadrangle, which includes Sisters’ House, The Chapel and Cloister buildings.

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Nuns in the grounds and external view of the convent
St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Nuns in the grounds and external view of the convent
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Altar in the main chapel
St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Altar in the main chapel
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Altar
St Joseph’s Convent, York – Altar
 
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Wooden Statues
St Joseph’s Convent, York – Wooden Statues
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Statues in the chapel
St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Statues in the chapel
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Rear of the chapel
St Joseph’s Convent, York – Rear of the chapel
 
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Windows in chapel
St Joseph’s Convent, York – Windows in chapel
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - View towards back of chapel
St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – View towards back of chapel
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - One of the many St Joseph figures around the building
St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – One of the many St Joseph figures around the building
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Figures in archway
St Joseph’s Convent – Figures in archway
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Jesus and St Mary
St Joseph’s Convent – Jesus and St Mary
 
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Figure on wall of chapel
St Joseph’s Convent – Figure on wall of chapel
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Figures and cabinet
St Joseph’s Convent – Figures and cabinet
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Joseph and Mary
St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Joseph and Mary
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Jesus and St Mary
St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Jesus and St Mary
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Medical room
St Joseph’s Convent, York – Medical room
 
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Medical room
St Joseph’s Convent, York – Medical room
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Holy Bible
St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Holy Bible
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Arched doorway
St Joseph’s Convent, York – Arched doorway
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - No idea, don't even ask!
St Joseph’s Convent – No idea, don’t even ask!
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Corridor
St Joseph’s Convent, York – Corridor
 
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Arched windows
St Joseph’s Convent, York – Arched windows
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Arches in room
St Joseph’s Convent, York – Arches in room
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Green corridor
St Joseph’s Convent, York – Green corridor
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Staircase
St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Staircase
St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Room with pointed arch windows
St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Room with pointed arch windows
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