English Churches - East Riding of Yorkshire

Beverley Minster - Part Two

Inside the Minster - the nave and transepts

The inside of Beverley Minster is a contrast of brilliant white limestone with dark polished Purbeck marble pillars. It is always impressive, but on a sunny day, it is stunning. The sheer size immediately fills you with awe. The nave is massive with tall elegant pillars with pointed arches separating the nave and side aisles.

There is a lovely vaulted ceiling with carved gilded bosses with painted tracery around them.

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At the back of the nave is the magnificent west doorway is set under an ogee arch with the figure of St John of Beverley in pride of place at the top. It is surrounded by statues of Kings and others on plinths under carved canopies.

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The carvings of the four evangelists with their symbols on the sturdy wooden door are C19th.

Between the arches and clerestory windows is a band of complex arcading with dog tooth carving. Pillars between are dark Purbeck marble and they have elaborately carved capitals.

Beverley Minster

Beverley Minster

The side aisles have arcading with ogee arches with carved figures between them. Each is carefully carved and each is different.

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At the base of the arches of the north aisle are carved figures playing instruments.

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The stained glass windows in the side aisles contain C19th glass.

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The tomb of St John of Beverley in the nave is marked by an inscription on dark slate and surrounded by a raised rim - a trip hazard if you arenít watching your feet.

The massive carved Norman font is at the back of the south aisle and has an C18th canopy, a monstrosity of carved scrolls and cherub heads, produced by the same workshop as the carvings of the  inside of the west door.

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Between the nave and south aisle near the font is a C14th canopied tomb set under an ogee arch with crocketed pinnacles. This is traditionally referred to as the ítwo sisters tombí.

On either side of the south door are statues of St John and King Athelstan.

At the end of the nave is the C19th wooden pulpit and brass lectern with wooden stalls on either side.

The south transept contains the memorial chapel surrounded by a carved wood screen with a massive First World War cenotaph inside with gilt decoration. This commemorates the men of the East Yorkshire Regiment and their old colours hang from the walls. At the end are tall lancet windows.

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On south wall is the royal coat of arms of Charles II and a 17thC painting depicting King Athelstan handing St John a charter of privileges - an historically impossible scene.

Beverley Minster

The north transept contains the Beverley Heritage Display on the walls. Banners depict important stages in the history of the town. The shop is here and inside, sitting incongruously among the gifts, is a 14th priestís tomb chest with the effigy thought to be that of Provest Nicholas de Huggate.

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