St Mary's Church, Beverley

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Heritage & Restoration

Founded 900 years ago, St Mary’s possesses some of the finest architecture of any parish church in England. Here we celebrate its exceptional heritage as we work to restore the entire building over the decade ahead and make it better known.

Our heritage newsletter

We highlight some of the splendours of St Mary’s below. You can also discover more about the heritage of this beautiful building in The Pilgrim Rabbit, our heritage newsletter. Read the current and all past editions here. You can also join to the mailing list to receive the periodical automatically.

Roof bosses

The first phase in our major restoration programme focuses on the vast collection of medieval and Tudor bosses on the beautiful panelled timber ceilings of the church. Click the button below to enter the website of the curious carvings project.

Ceiling of Kings

Constructed originally in 1445, the splendid chancel ceiling is one of the glories of St Mary’s. It depicts forty kings of England, from the legendary Brutus to Henry VI – who visited Beverley in 1448.

St Michael’s Chapel

The crowning feature of the church is St Michael’s Chapel, built between 1325-45. The window tracery and ribbed vaulting are a tour de force of Gothic art. The chapel’s carving of a hare with a pilgrim’s satchel is said to be the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s White Rabbit!

Danish soldiers plaque

Amidst the turbulence of 17th century life in the British Isles, an extraordinary event took place in Beverley – a historic moment of drama and tragedy, recorded for posterity in this stone tablet on the exterior south chancel wall of St Mary’s.

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