St Mary's Church, Beverley

making disciples

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. Learn more about this exciting project here:

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.


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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