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The Bishop of Hull Alison White during a photocall as she blesses a statue of Aslan, a character from the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, at St Mary’s Church in Beverley, East Yorkshire

The Bishop of Hull Alison White during a photocall as she blesses a statue of Aslan, a character from the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, at St Mary’s Church in Beverley, East Yorkshire

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The Bishop of Hull Alison White during a photocall as she blesses a statue of Aslan, a character from the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, at St Mary’s Church in Beverley, East Yorkshire

A Medieval church in England has unveiled stone carvings based on the famous children's books written by acclaimed Belfast-born writer CS Lewis.

Founded 900 years ago, St Mary's Church in Beverley, east Yorkshire possesses some of the finest architecture of any parish church in England.

As part of a project to repair the exterior of the north nave clerestory, the church will celebrate in stone Lewis' ever-popular children's books, The Chronicles of Narnia, which contain Christian themes.

Fourteen carvings have been designed by sculptor Kibby Schaefer, based near York, including Aslan the lion, the White Witch, and Reepicheep the mouse. The Vicar of St Mary's, the Revd Becky Lumley, told Church Times: "We needed to replace the original carvings, which were so weathered we had no evidence of what was there.

"We wanted to create a scheme that connected to our contemporary culture and also had a focus of being missional, connecting with the Christian story."

Belfast Telegraph