Beverley St Mary’s Church

St Mary's Church, North Bar Within, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 8DL

The beautiful parish church of many centuries, now celebrating significant restorations with new and acclaimed carvings.

St Mary's Beverley is one of the two amazing churches that dominate this ancient market town. There is always something new to see, as historians decode the carvings of the past centuries, and 21st century carvings are added.
Beverley was an important centre of music in the Middle Ages, its two great medieval churches home to a remarkable collection of musician carvings.

This year St Mary's completed work on the south side of the nave with the installation of a series of Famous Women, which includes Mary Wollstonecraft and Hilda Lyon, as companions to the series of Narnia characters on the north side installed in 2020. There will be exhibitions in the church of the sketches and models for these figures, and also a further exhibition highlighting recent findings of yet more medieval and Tudor carvings on this theme in St Mary's - not least among the hundreds of roof bosses.