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 five key initial items. We will endeavour to add to it from to time over the coming 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 Parish Register

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

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 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.

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