The Pilgrim Rabbit newsletter

Fiona Jenkinson

Fiona has been the editor of the Pilgrim Rabbit since the very first edition in December 2018. A member of St Mary’s choir, she is also curator of Beverley’s splendid Guildhall.

We hope that you enjoy perusing the newsletters and discovering more about the rich history and heritage of St Mary’s. Happy reading!

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The Pilgrim Rabbit aims to inspire excitement in the heritage of St Mary’s and to keep people in touch with what’s going on in the church.

Anyone who would like to submit an article should contact Fiona using the email address on the back page of the newsletter.

Summer 2021

Fascinating new findings on the roof bosses of St Mary’s from the paint analysis carried out as part of our National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Curious Carvings.

December 2020

A bumper festive edition spotlighting Elizabeth Lambert (1791-1830), one of Beverley’s extraordinary women. As well as being a talented artist, Lambert was St Mary’s organist. Also featured are artworks by Andrew Anderson, an extensive editorial by Roland Deller providing a round up of 2020, and an article titled ‘the Merchants of Beverley in the Tudor Age’ by Eva La Pensée.

August 2020

Larkin about in Beverley
Larkin researcher Philip Pullen writes about the great English poet’s visits to St Mary’s and Beverley, taking us on a virtual tour of the town. This special edition also includes an illustrated article by John Duncan about the label stops on the newly-restored North Nave Clerestory.

July 2020

A special edition all about troubled genius, Augustus Pugin, our architect from 1844 until his death in 1852. A fascinating and hugely influential figure, the feature article looks at Pugin’s work at St Mary’s and the part which Beverley played in his life.

May-June 2020

A special edition for lockdown – about the restoration of the Danish soldiers plaque. The article by Roland Deller includes a piece originally written by Barbara English & Hanne Hamilton for CoScan Magazine.

May 2020

The feature article in this edition is Under our Feet: the Stones of St Mary’s, by Barbara English

February-March 2020

With a centrefold spread about the Wartons of Beverley by Pamela Hopkins: “The great wealth of the members of the Warton family who lived in Beverley in the 17th and 18th century can be seen in their memorials in Beverley Minster and St Mary’s Church”.

December 2019

Featuring some historical observations by John Duncan.

October-November 2019

Featuring The Wrestler story, by Colin Bradshaw, exploring one of the bosses on the nave ceiling.

July-August 2019

Barbara English takes a closer look at St Mary’s glorious Tudor font.

May-June 2019

Including A church warden’s view, by Judith Fleming.

February 2019

The experience of being a volunteer Welcomer at St Mary’s: a personal account by Derek Fisher. Plus The White Rabbit by Derek’s fellow Welcomer, the historian Pamela Hopkins.

December 2018

The first edition of The Pilgrim Rabbit was a very memorable one, featuring Professor Barbara English’s article 1520: the year the church fell down.