From Fanatic to Lunatic: Jonathon Martin, the man who burned York Minster.

Philanthony
The History Inquiry
7 min readAug 30, 2023

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After the ending of the regular Sunday worship at York Minster, on Sunday February 1st, 1829, worshippers left for their homes and the heavy church doors were shut and locked. Yet, one person remained. A hooded figure lurking in the cold, dark shadows. When all was completely quiet, the phantom-like figure moved to the front of the church and set a fire using velvet and tassels from the bishop’s pews which, together with torn pages from hymn books, kindled the blaze. Through the night, the conflagration caused huge destruction to…

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