Explore all 688 medieval and Tudor roof bosses on the ceilings of St Mary’s

Today, we launch a visual database which enables people to see St Mary’s remarkable collection of roof bosses in its entirety for the first time – in close detail. These curious carvings are one of the treasures of the town, a riot of colour offering a glimpse into the medieval imagination. They are being preserved and interpreted thanks to a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The bosses reflect the diversity of life in Beverley 500 years ago and beyond, with subject matter encompassing angels, music, birds, dragons, religious iconography, lettering, heraldry and our patron saint, The Virgin Mary. Through them we come face to face with our medieval forbears.