Beverley and Burton Agnes

Just got back from a fabulous day out with my WI, every year we have a Christmas trip to a stately home decorated for Christmas, this year we went to Beverley and Burton Agnes… After a scenic drive across a misty Vale of York, we arrived in Beverley in nice time for a cup of coffee.

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Beverley has a lovely town centre for us to mooch around, with some nice independent shops for a bit of last minute Christmas shopping! Most of us also walked the short distance over to the Minster. We were lucky in having a dry, sunny day with that soft winter light that’s great for photos!

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Beverley Minster is beautiful, it’s light and airy, the gothic architecture is stunning, soaring arches and beautiful ceilings, the stained glass windows were gorgeous too.The Minster took 200 years to build, it was started in about 1200. It always amazes me the craftsmanship you see in Cathedrals and Minsters, when you think it would all have been done by hand. But can you image now the reaction if someone started a building but said it wouldn’t be finished until 2216!!!

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Some Minsters can make you feel small and insignificant, I suppose they were built to instill awe, somehow Beverley made me feel small, but in a good way, just full of awe at the beautiful building.

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I took lots of photos!…

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I just loved the ceiling!

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The stone carvings were amazing too, I particularly loved the little carved stone grotesques of men playing musical instruments, there were about twenty different instruments portrayed. I have since learnt that Beverley was the centre of the Medieval Guild of Musicians in the North of England.

Just look at the stone carvings around the front door of the Minster…

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I was also very impressed with the collection of contemporary embroideries by the Hull Regional College of Art. They portrayed the life of St John of Beverley. There were about thirty embroideries altogether.

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I took some photos to show the embroidery stitches, the one with the dove represents the Holy Spirit coming to St John.

After lunch we went to Burton Agnes, a Jacobean house which was decorated for Christmas. It’s a beautiful house, built in 1601-10.

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The Christmas decorations were lovely , they were handmade by the owners and local groups, such as the village primary school who made the nativity. I think we all appreciated also that they didn’t overpower the rooms, you could still see the stunning plasterwork and wood carvings, the art work and the furniture.

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It’s an ancestral house that does feel like someones home, not just a museum piece.

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There’s lots of contemporary art there as well as very old pieces. There is also some beautiful embroidery in the Long Hall pictured above…

The first piece I saw was a gorgeous embroidery which was like an embroidered picture of the house and garden, the detail in it is stunning. The embroidery was behind glass and slanted, so apologies for the quality of the photograph. The flowers are beautifully worked and just look at the sheep in the maze…

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A bit further along I saw a beautiful quilt, it looked like it had been hand painted and then quilted.

At the far end was a gorgeous colourful tapestry…

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It would be nice to go back in the summer to have a guided tour, discover a bit more about the history of the house and it’s contents as well as a look around the gardens. Another day trip to organise…

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About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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8 Responses to Beverley and Burton Agnes

  1. Kate says:

    Thanks for sharing these awesome photos!

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  2. Wood So Wild says:

    What beautiful photos! And how lucky you are to be able to take day trips to such wonderful and historic places. (I quite envy you.) I enjoyed this article for these things – plus the fact that a good Facebook friend of mind lives in Beverley! Thank you.

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  3. catskillquilter says:

    Thank you! It seems to be a fascinating place, and your pics are spectacular!

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    Thanks for the lovely look at a beautiful place!

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  5. amcclure2014 says:

    Thanks for the photos. Fabulous. I don’t know Beverley at all. Must visit one day.

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  6. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Absolutely gorgeous needlework, and the Minster is incredible! Both so unlike anything we have over this side the pond. Thank you so much for the photos!
    Merry Christmas! 🎄

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  7. Such beautiful sights – thank you for sharing!

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  8. What wonderful photographs! Also, that you are so fortunate to have the capacity to take day outings to such brilliant and notable spots…

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