History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Beverley Minster was a collegiate church, administered by a college of canons who met in an octagonal chapter house Following Henry VIII's Dissolution of the monasteries Beverley changed from a collegiate church to a parish church, and the chapter house was demolished.
Of note is the organ screen which separates the nave from the choir. This intricately carved screen was designed by famed Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, and carved by James Elwell, a Beverley native.
The minster is famous for its carvings of medieval musical instruments. There are over 70 such carvings, illustrating instruments that are familiar to modern viewers, but also a variety of unusual medieval instruments. Among the carvings are depictions of bagpipes, flutes, pipes, organs, tambourines, shawms, cymbals, trumpets, lutes, and more. Beverley Minster also boasts 68 medieval misericords, the largest collection of any parish church in the country. These misericords, or 'mercy seats', were provided to help provide support for choristers who had to stand throughout long church services. The misericords at Beverley cover such diverse subjects as domestic discord, bizarre beasts, dancing fools, and animals as musicians. One famous misericord depicts a fox preaching to geese, and geese hanging the fox. (A similar theme can be found in the famous carved bench ends at Brent Knoll, Somerset).
About Beverley Minster
Address: Minster Yard North, Beverley, Yorkshire, England, HU17 0DP
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Just off the A164 in the centre of Beverley. There are several paid parking lots within 5 minutes walk.
Website: Beverley Minster
Phone: 01482 868540
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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