TOPIC ONE

SAINT JOHN OF BEVERLEY

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Some towns are new and some are old. Beverley is old and I’m going to tell you why.

I’m John and it all started in the 8th century, 1,300 years ago, when I was Bishop of York. I decided to start a monastery for a group of monks and I chose a place in a forest miles away from anyone so that there would be silence. That place is now called Beverley.

I’ll tell you how it happened.

Firstly you need to know that I was blessed with the gift of being able to make poorly people well again.

You can read about a boy who was brought to me. He couldn’t speak and he hardly had any hair.

Read his story on worksheet 1

It was because of my gift to heal people that people said that I should be made a saint. This happened in 1037, a long time after I died, but even before then people heard about me and thought that by visiting the place where I was buried, now called Beverley, they would be healed.

People who make a journey like this are called pilgrims because they make a pilgrimage. Hundreds of pilgrims came to my tomb and they needed to be fed and given a bed for the night. And so, gradually, the town of Beverley began to grow and the small monastery was replaced by a larger stone church.