St Mary's Church, Beverley

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Narnia carvings

Alamy | Image from the 2005 film ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ directed by Andrew Adamson, featuring Georgie Henley as Lucy.

This year, as part of the restoration of the north nave clerestory, 14 new carvings of characters from The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis are being made especially for St Mary’s.

These new carvings are being 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 developed by one of its sculptors, Kibby Schaefer. The carvings will be installed high up on the exterior of the church in the autumn, and exhibited at ground level in Beverley beforehand.

PA Images | Photograph by Danny Lawson | The Bishop of Hull, Alison White, blesses a statue of Aslan, a character from the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, at St Mary’s Church in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

Latest news: 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.

Watch video

Click the image above to watch the short video of the blessing.

See media coverage

Click the image above to see national media coverage of the blessing.

PA Images | Photograph by Danny Lawson | Carver Kibby Schaefer works on a plaster model of Aslan at Wolds Workshop in Full Sutton in Yorkshire.

Summer exhibition of carvings
18th July – 10th September

The carvings will be displayed over the summer in the windows of Streamers, an empty shop unit, at 43 North Bar Within HU17 8DG, just opposite church. The display will be changed every fortnight. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these unique artworks up close before they are fixed high up on the walls of the church.

Complete our holiday challenge to see all of the carvings displayed and win a badge. To take part download the activity sheet using the sheet below. All correct entries will also be entered into a prize draw to win a hard back box set of all 7 books in the Narnia series.

Download activity sheet

Take part in our summer holiday challenge using this sheet.

The Narnia display in photos

Photos telling the story of how we brought an unused shop to life in the summer of 2020.

Introducing the characters

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).

The story of the carvings

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.

More

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.

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.

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