Beverley's History and Heritage
Beverley is home to Beverley Minster, one of the largest parish churches in the UK. Regarded by many to be a Gothic masterpiece, this grade I listed building is open to members of the public who can explore over 1000 years of history, from the Norman font, stained glass windows right the way through to the impressive organ.
However the Minster isn’t the only example of stunning architecture in this town. Just a 15 minute stroll from the Minster, St Mary’s Church, also a grade I listed building, is another example of the fine architecture to be found in Beverley. Open to visitors and worshippers alike, the church is home to a rather familiar looking carving of a rabbit holding a messenger bag located on a stone archway inside the church. It’s long been suspected that this carving inspired the White Rabbit in Lewis Caroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and is just one of the fascinating pieces of history waiting to be discovered inside.
Adding to the town’s charm and beauty is that the main route into Beverley winds through Westwood Pastures. This is one of the best areas of common land in the country and a green expanse of land, usually home to free-grazing cows. And it’s also home to one of Beverleys’ monuments and local landmarks: The Black Mill. A grade II listed building, the walk across pastures to visit this local landmark is an opportunity to take in the town’s beautiful surroundings.