York MInster tea light holder


The 13th century oak tea light holders on this page have been turned from oak reclaimed from the fire which swept York Minster Cathedral in July 1984. They are crafted from one of the roof timbers. We purchased a small quantity of this oak from York Minster Cathedral.

As you can imagine dating from the 13th century the oak not only is very hard it also has the patina of age developed over the centuries. It’s a truly historic piece.



You can see the charred edges of this 13th century oak from which the tea light is crafted.


2015 marked the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta which was signed on the 15th June 1215. The tree from which this beam was fashioned would have been old at the time. The Magna Carta was reputed to have been signed under an oak tree and the oak has always been associated with the Magna Carta. This claim is now doubted but without a doubt the oak from which this tea light is fashioned is older than the Magna Carta. Each tea light holder is 92. This includes postage within the UK and includes the glass candle fitting.


Each tea light holder is rebated to take the glass candle holder. You will see to the left of the picture the scars of the fire where the oak has been darkened and in some cases split by the intense heat of the fire. The wood will have cracks and splits and fire blackening to varying degrees. This is an historic piece intimately connected with British religious history. It’s been through a lot over the centuries and bears those scars. You will remember it’s history whenever you use it.

The height of the wood is one and half inches. It’s maximum diameter at the top is two and three quarter inches. With the glass in position it stands at three and quarter inches tall. With the item is a letter on hand made paper which will tell you about the oak and it’s origins.

Remember you should not use this oak tea light holder as a candlestick it should only be used with the glass liner. Never leave a burning candle unattended and keep out of reach of children and pets. You should take care that it is away from items which may catch fire and only stand it on firm flat heat resistant surfaces.

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