Northbar Within, Beverley, HU17 8DL
Just inside the medieval town gate of North Bar Within,on the corner of Hengate, stands St Mary's Church, one of the great parish churches of England. The church was built between 1120 and 1530 and the west front of the church is said to have influenced the architecture of the chapel of Kings College, Cambridge.
St Mary's is well known for its ornate carved pillars and one of these, the Minstrel Pillar, shows 5 carved and painted figures of musicians. A famous carving of a rabbit is found at the entrance to St Michael's Chapel in the church, which is thought to be the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland.
Other items of interest in St Mary's Church include the unique ceiling of Kings (painted in 1446 and representing the Kings of England before that time) and the highly decorated ceiling of stars and constellations. The entrance to the priests room is guarded by a carving of an Imp and is accessed through a small door and spiral staircase.
St Mary's hosts regular family services and has an array of events on during the course of the year, including concerts, the early music festival and weddings.