BEVERLEY CHURCH

East Riding of Yorkshire

Beverley Church, East Riding of Yorkshire

This very large Parish Church would be a focal point in any town that didn’t have a structure like Beverley Minster sat at the opposite end of it. The church is one of those richly endowed guild churches that sit in many of the wool-producing parts of the East of England. Such luminaries as Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and Sir John Betjeman rate St. Mary’s amongst the very best churches in England.

The first church was built around 1120 and expansion and restructuring continued almost continually until around 1530. This means that the church has a glorious mix of architectural styles, all carried out with aplomb and the confidence of a rich town.

It is unclear when the focus of the people of Beverley began to turn more to the Minster, probably after the Dissolution when the Collegiate Church of Beverley was suppressed and it shifted to be the parish church. This left St. Mary’s “high and dry” and for some while it began to deteriorate. But the mid-19th Century saw the great upsurge in interest for gothic architecture under the Victorians and restoration here was varied out by three of the most prolific church restorers, A.W. Pugin, his son, E.W. Pugin and Sir Gilbert Scott.

We are left today with an intricate and very beautiful church, counterbalanced by the massive edifice of the Minster with beautiful Beverley town sandwiched between.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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