East Riding of Yorkshire
The town is 8 miles north-north-west of
Beverley started with a monastery in the 8th century and the town which developed saw early growth into one of the largest in the country through its wool trade and as a place of pilgrimmage for visitors to the tomb of St John of Beverley, still sited within the impressive Beverley Minster, which is among the country's finest church buildings.
At North Bar is the only surviving historic gateway from those which once guarded the entries to Beverley. It was built by the Town Council back in 1409.
The town has recently been remodelled creating a new Flemingate shopping centre with a hotel, cinema and a new pedestrian shopping street aligned towards the Minster but at the opposite side of the railway line to the traditional town centre, so as not to disturb the Georgian and Victorian buildings of the attractive main street and its Market Place which has an elaborate market cross, built in 1714, as its centrepiece.
The town holds a variety of festivals. Some have had to be cancelled just lately but they have usually included a Beverley Folk Festival; a Beverley Puppet Festival
While the town is set in the landscape of the arable agriculture of the East Riding, the bread-basket of Yorkshire, Beverley can also count shipbuilding among one of its past staple industries. Boats, including many trawlers, were built in Beverley and were navigated down the River Hull to the port of
Beverley also has an aircraft named after it. The Blackburn Beverley transport aircraft were built at Brough, 10 miles south-west of Beverley, and flew between 1950 until being retired from Royal Air Force duties in 1967.
The town has bank and building society branches.
Beverley has several pharmacies.
Pubs in Beverley range from refurbished old coaching inns to the modern real ale micropub.
The town offers quality eating from good pub food to dining at its inns and restaurants.
Beverley Library is at the Treasure House, Champney Road.
There is a museum and art gallery at the Treasure House, Champney Road. More details below.
For theatre details see below.
Beverley Beck is a short canal, just under a mile long, which links Beverley to the navigable River Hull. The beck had been navigable from the 14th century, but became a canal when a lock and pump were installed in 1802 as part of a land drainage scheme.
The River Hull runs about a mile to the east of the town centre.
Beverley Tourist Information Centre is in Butcher Row.
The town has hotel and guest house accommodation and a youth hostel.
Beverley has public toilets with various limited opening hours at Dyer Lane, Lord Roberts Road and at railway and bus stations.
Check times before you need to go at the
Beverley has several schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, United Reformed, Baptist, other.
Find out more at the
Beverley Minster website.
The year 1897 was also when the Roman Catholic Church of St John of Beverley was built in Victorian Gothic style just outside the North Bar gate at North Bar Without. The Roman Catholic diocese covering the whole of Yorkshire was from 1850 known as the Diocese of Beverley, although its cathedrals were in York. The diocese was split into the dioceses of Leeds and Middlesbrough in 1878, Beverley now being in the Diocese of Middlesbrough.
Find out more at the
St John of Beverley website.
Find out more at the
St Mary's Church, Beverley website.
East Riding TheatreLord Roberts Road, Beverley
The East Riding Theatre, opened in December 2014 in what was originally built as a Baptist Chapel. It is run by a not-for-profit organisation supported by volunteers and provides an inspiring selection of theatre, music, comedy and literature. It also provides one of the venues of the annual Beverley Puppet Festival.
York Road about a mile from the centre of Beverley.The racecourse holds regular race meetings in season and is also a venue for other events, including auctions. The racecourse traces its first grandstand back to 1767.
East Riding Treasure House and Beverley Art Gallery
Champney Road, BeverleyA collection of iron age swords found at South Cave in 2002 is among permanent exhibits at the museum, which also stages temporary exhibitions reflecting various aspects of the history of the East Riding. The museum is linked to a gallery with a collection of art works showing the great and the good of the East Riding.
More details at
East Riding - Treasure House and Beverley Art Gallery web pages.
Places to visit
Burton ConstableBurton Constable, Skirlaugh
For more information see the
Burton Constable website.
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Rear of Streetlife Museum of Transport, High Street, Hull
The Arctic Corsair, a sidewinder trawler, was built at Beverley Shipyard in 1960 and spent its days going to sea from Hull, where it now remains as a museum exhibit. Tours can be booked at the Museums Quarter reception at High Street in Hull on certain days. The trawler was involved in the 'Cod Wars' with Iceland in the 1970s and retired from fishing in 1987.
Skipsea Castleoff Beeford Road, Skipsea, East Riding of Yorkshire
Very little but earthworks remain of Skipsea Castle and its adjacent fortified borough Skipsea Brough, but it was one of the earliest Norman fortifications in Yorkshire, built around 1086 for the Lord of Holderness, a title granted by William the Conquerer with land stretching along the coast from the Humber to Bridlington. The site is in the attractive village of Skipsea, about 5 miles north-north-west of
More information at these
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Beverley stationStation Square
Station managed by: Northern.
Operators: Northern - Hull Trains -
Beverley bus stationSow Hill Road
Buses operate from Beverley bus station to nearby and resort towns, including to
Road travelBeverley is linked towards
Emergency servicesHumberside Police
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Town council (civil parish)Beverley Town Council
The town council is made up of 14 councillors elected across four wards. The Town Mayor of Beverley is elected each year by the councillors and acts as council chairman and ambassador for the town. A deputy mayor is also elected. The council represents Beverley on other bodies, runs a small range of services including allotments, supports community events such as Beverley Food Festival, Beverley in Bloom and the town's Christmas lights and provides a grants fund to community organisations. The council is based in Well Lane.
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council is now a unitary district rather than a county authority but the least changed of any of the historic Ridings of Yorkshire.
It does now cover a small part of the former West Riding, while it has lost portions of the historic East Riding to North Yorkshire and York.
Other towns in the East Riding include
The authority covers a near full range of council services, except the limited services handled by the various civil parish/town councils which exist throughout its area.
The 26 wards in the authority each elect one, two or three councillors to make up a 67 member council. An election for the entire council is held every four years with the most recent election in 2019.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council website .
The political composition after the May 2019 election was:
Police and Crime CommissionerThe Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside
Fire AuthorityHumberside Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the four unitary authorities served by the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service - East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire.
Ceremonial countyEast Riding of Yorkshire
Historic-1889 East Riding of Yorkshire (historic admistrative division)
1889-1974 East Riding of Yorkshire (county authority)
1974-1981 Borough of Beverley (district within the artificially-created county of Humberside)
1981-1996 East Yorkshire Borough of Beverley (renaming of the above)