Just visiting - the East Riding in pictures (1)
The magnificent Beverley Minister is regarded as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Europe.
The Minster was founded by St John of Beverley who also founded its school - today still in existence and known as Beverley Grammar School.
The Minster contains various architectural styles. Its eastern end is of the Early English style, its nave is in tbe Decorated style and its imposing west end in what is known as perpendicular English - "slender but strong, massive but graceful and soaring but satisfactory," according to one guide.
St John's tomb slab now lies in the floor near the lectern.
Other points of interest:
*The font is Norman (1140) with a Georgian cover(1720).
*The carved oak organ screen was designed by Sir George Scott in 1877.
*Length (west to east)is 333ft. Width of the nave and aisles is 63ft. Length (north to south)of great transepts is 167ft and width 64ft. Height of the west towers is 162ft.
*The Frith Stol, a massive stione sanctuary chair, links the story of the Minster with the lives of St John of Beverley and King Athelstan.
*For more on the Minster visit our Beverley section.
The beauty of Spurn
Remote, a haven for wildlife and home of one of the most remarkable communities in the country - that's Spurn Point.
Situated at the mouth of the River Humber, Spurn is remarkable and ever changing, bordered on one side by the North Sea and the other by the Humber.
A wildlife haven under the control of the Yorkshire Naturalists Trust, Spurn is also the base of the Humber Lifeboat whose crew members live on the promontory - the only full-time lifeboat crew in the country.
The future of Spurn is in doubt. Some scientists believe that it may be cut in half by the waves which ensure that its shape is constantly under change.
A remarkable area and well worth a visit.
Flamborough Head is famous. Here John Paul Jones took on the British Navy during the American War of Independence. Here, too, smugglers carried out their infamous trade, according to local legend.
Flamborough is part of the magnificent heritage coast of Yorkshire. Wild and rugged its towering cliffs are a home for countless seabirds. Just north of the head is the Bempton Bird Reserve, acclaimed throughiout the world for its sheer 500ft cliffs and hordes of gannets, guillemots and puffins.
Flamborough is home to a small inshore fishing fleet which works from traditional Yorshire cobles. Some offer visitors trips along the coast and into the caves. A fascinating place - don't miss it.
Written by The Editor - 08/09/2001 16:25:18
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