St Mary's Church, Beverley

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‘Unchained’ library

Image: Hereford Cathedral Chained Library, the largest surviving chained library in the world.

St Mary’s no longer houses a library, but there are some fascinating books, articles and open access materials about it online and in public collections. Here we gather together some inspiring resources about our beautiful and historic church from all corners of the internet and beyond.

We launched this new page on our website in August 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with a few initial items. We will endeavour to add to it over the coming months and years.

The Bilson Article

The starting point for any study of St Mary’s is John Bilson’s seminal article published in 1920 in Volume 25 of The Yorkshire Archaeological Journal.

St Mary’s at the V&A

There are a number of artefacts from, and photos of, St Mary’s in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The JK Colling drawings

Aspects of St Mary’s feature on numerous sumptuous plates in James K. Colling’s ‘Details of Gothic architecture, measured and drawn from existing examples‘ published in 1851.

Past East Riding Museums exhibitions

St Mary’s has featured in a number of exhibitions staged by East Riding Museums over the last decade at Beverley Guildhall.

Not Just Wilberforce: Champions of Human Rights in Hull & East Yorkshire

First published in 2014 by
Hull Amnesty Group, this collection of essays illuminates eight people from Hull and East Yorkshire who made a stand for human freedom and dignity, including Mary Wollstonecraft and Winifred Holtby. If you enjoy reading the essays please consider making a donation to Amnesty International UK.


The Neaves’ Inventory of the Priests’ Rooms

In 2015 Dr David Neave & Dr Susan Neave completed an inventory of St Mary’s hidden museum, the so-called ‘Priests’ Rooms’.

The Parish Register

Registers – going back to 1561 – of baptisms, births, banns, marriages, burials, excommunications, and more, held at the East Riding Archive.

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