Beverley Minster is a parish church which is located in Beverley, East Yorkshire. It is one of the largest parish churches in the United Kingdom and it is even larger than a third of cathedrals in the country.
St. John of Beverley founded a monastery in the 7th century, his bones still lie in the nave. Over time the church expanded but unfortunately it burned down in 1188. It was rebuilt, but the newly hightend central tower collapsed in 1213, destroying much of the church. Work began on the reconstruction of the church in 1220. It took 200 years to complete the building.
During the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the church survived, although it was not selected as a bishop's seat, serving as a parish church. The chapter house was demolished with the rest of the monastery.
In the 18th century the central tower was replaced as it was in danger of collapse. The tower houses the largest surviving treadwheel crane in England. It was used to raise building materials to a workshop located in the roof.
Today the church is part of the Greater Churches Group and is a Grade I listed building.