These new carvings were made with kind permission from The CS Lewis Company Ltd by stone carvers at the local firm of Matthias Garn Master Mason & Partner, based on designs by one of its sculptors, Kibby Schaefer. Before being installed high up on the exterior of the church, the carvings were exhibited at ground level in Beverley, so that people had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see them up close.
See the carvings face to face
Photo galleries of the stone carvings before, during and after being fixed to the north nave clerestory.
Click the image above to see the six large carvings, high up at the foot of the pinnacles.
Click the image above to see the eight smaller carvings – ‘label stops’, which are at the end of hood moulding around the window arches.
Carvings blessed by the Bishop of Hull
On 17th August 2020, all fourteen of the carvings were blessed by the Bishop of Hull in the presence of the stonemasons who created them and who are restoring the church’s stonework. Bishop Alison described the ceremony as “one of the most joyful things that I have been invited to do as a bishop”. It was the last chance to bless the carvings before they are fixed high up on the church’s walls in the coming weeks.
Click the image above to watch the short video of the blessing.
Click the image above to see national media coverage of the blessing.
Summer exhibition of carvings
The carvings were displayed over the summer of 2020 (from 18th July to 10th September) in the windows of Streamers, an empty shop unit, at 43 North Bar Within HU17 8DG, just opposite church. The display was changed every fortnight.
Lots of people took part in our holiday activity to spot all of the carvings displayed. All those who completed the summer-long challenge received a St Mary’s pin badge. The correct entries were entered into a draw, and one lucky quizzer won the prize – a hard back box set of all 7 books in the Narnia series.
A number of the children who took part in the activity were inspired to make their own artwork which we’re delighted to display below.
Click on the image above or the button below to see the artwork submitted by children in response to the summer display.
Click on the image above or the button below to see photos telling the story of how we brought an unused shop to life in the summer of 2020.
All about the project and Narnia
See the sketches, clay models and plaster casts made in 2019 and 2020 to prepare for the stone carving, with words about each character by Kibby Schaefer (pictured above in the workshop).
Read our press release of June 2020 all about the project and how it came into being, including the inside story from our vicar, Rev’d Becky Lumley.
Books, music, and films to inspire you on your journey through Narnia including links to the official website and the Facebook page of The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.
Click the image above to see an architect’s drawing of the north nave clerestory, marked to show where each of the carvings is placed.
Open the door and enter a new world
A project supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Our local authority, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, is strategic partner on the project.