The church was founded before 1055. Granted to Benedictine monks after the Norman Conquest, it lay in the shadow of one of the greatest abbeys of medieval England and was rebuilt as a parish church in the 1460s. It formed part of the defences of the city in the siege during the English Civil War, was repaired in the early 18th century, and extended at the east end in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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The building

What you see today is largely 15th century in style, although the south wall of the church was remodelled in the early 18th century when it ceased to form part of the city defences and the east end was extended a little more than a century ago.

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The York Anglo-Scandinavian Society

St Olave's maintains links with Scandinavia through frequent visits and by liasing with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society