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

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.

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

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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

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St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Nuns in the grounds and external view of the convent

Our Visits
Visited on a couple of occasions with varying degrees of success. The first visit was cut short when an angry caretaker burst into the room I was shooting in, brandishing a pitchfork pointed firmly in my direction! This was thrust towards me several times while I made a swift exit. Roll forward a couple of years – the place had been sold and we decided it was time to have another look. Unfortunately, all the rooms had been stripped out, so we got some shots around the building and chapel.

 

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Altar in the main chapel

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St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Altar in the main chapel

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Altar

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St Joseph’s Convent, York – Altar

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Wooden Statues

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St Joseph’s Convent, York – Wooden Statues

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Statues in the chapel

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St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Statues in the chapel

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Rear of the chapel

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St Joseph’s Convent, York – Rear of the chapel

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Windows in chapel

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St Joseph’s Convent, York – Windows in chapel

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - View towards back of chapel

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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

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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

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St Joseph’s Convent – Figures in archway

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Jesus and St Mary

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St Joseph’s Convent – Jesus and St Mary

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Figure on wall of chapel

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St Joseph’s Convent – Figure on wall of chapel

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Figures and cabinet

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St Joseph’s Convent – Figures and cabinet

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Joseph and Mary

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St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Joseph and Mary

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Jesus and St Mary

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St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Jesus and St Mary

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Medical room

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St Joseph’s Convent, York – Medical room

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Medical room

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St Joseph’s Convent, York – Medical room

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Holy Bible

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St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Holy Bible

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Arched doorway

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St Joseph’s Convent, York – Arched doorway

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - No idea, don't even ask!

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St Joseph’s Convent – No idea, don’t even ask!

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Corridor

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St Joseph’s Convent, York – Corridor

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Arched windows

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St Joseph’s Convent, York – Arched windows

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Arches in room

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St Joseph’s Convent, York – Arches in room

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Green corridor

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St Joseph’s Convent, York – Green corridor

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Staircase

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St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Staircase

St Joseph's Convent of the Poor Clares - Room with pointed arch windows

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St Joseph’s Convent of the Poor Clares – Room with pointed arch windows

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