St Mary’s has a remarkable history stretching across nine centuries, featuring myths and legends, plague and prosperity, ancient stone and noble English oak, kings and queens, merchants, musicians, craftsmen, brewers, beavers and the people of Beverley who have adopted St Mary’s as the town’s church since in its early days. Countless people through the ages have left their mark on this exceptionally beautiful building. The story continues as we restore the building and learn new things about it.
The history pages of our website chronicle the chapters in the life of the church and tell the stories of some of the key moments in its history. We also pick ten things to see in St Mary’s, whether you’re visiting in person or studying the building from the comfort of your own home. Click on the image below to visit our new history pages and discover afresh some of the splendours and mysteries of this medieval gem.
Turn the pages of our new history book here
You can jump also straight to our timeline or our Top Ten here:
900 years of history in the twinkling of an eye
Unmissable features of the building from architectural genius to hidden rooms.
Watch our latest history video here:
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