History of Beverley
- St John of Beverley built the Minster during the late 600’s as a site for pilgrims.
- Further pilgrimages from Europe began after the establishment of Franciscan and Dominican religious locations.
- Beverley opposed Henry VIII during the ‘Pilgrimage of Grace’ – the pro Catholic rebellion. The religious establishments were still closed but not decimated.
- Beverley has stood independent of near by Hull and since the Middle Ages has had a flourishing trades guilds originally based on wool.
- As the capital of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Beverley prospered in the eighteenth century and many Georgian buildings remain.
Retail in Beverley
- Beverley Friary YHA, shown above, is located in a restored historic friary that dates from the 1330s. The building has lots of character with a history room with an exhibition on the building’s history as well as the oldest wall paintings in Yorkshire.’
- Wednesday market is a triangular square with restaurants pubs and shops plus some stalls selling fruit and veg.
- Butchers row is a main shopping area
- ‘Toll Gavel’ leads off Butchers Row and up to Saturday Market that would be square but for the former Corn Exchange.
- ‘Nellies’ or the White Horse Inn is a Sam Smiths16th century hostelry.
Myth or not but it is said Lewis Carroll noticed the 18ins high carved stone figure of a rabbit that serves as a corbel at one side of a stone archway in the historic St Mary’s Church. There is a White Rabbit shop on Dyers Lane and Beverley is quite an Alice in Wonderland.
- A milliners and hat shop survives due to mad hatters at the racing and good marketing. It is called the Beverley Hat Company.
Interesting and Unusual Facts
- Beverley is known for hosting various music festivals throughout the year including June Folk Festival and an Early music festival.
- There are often food festivals and events in town or on the Westwood.
- Affordable affluence voted Beverley the best place in England to live.
- The Guildhall is only open on a Friday.
- Beverley is located between the River Hull and the common land of Westwood about 6 miles from Hull.
- Beverley Grammar school is the oldest in England.The Beverley Building Society was founded in 1866 and is one of the UK’s oldest established societies.
- ‘Ode to Joy Beverley’ is not by Beethoven or anything to do with Beverley but is a lampoon written by Les Barker on one of the Beverley Sisters.
- Beverley probably had a permanent race track as far back as 1690.
- The first grandstand was built in 1767
- The mile and a half circuit located on the historic Westwood is ideal for the flat racing.
- The Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire Pudding Handicap Stakes will take place at the evening meeting on 1st July 2011
Hospitals and Hospitallers
- In the early 13th century the Knights Hospitallers came to Beverley
- The mayor and aldermen built a hospital in 1740 endowed with money from Ann Routh and Chris Moor for the maintenance of 12 poor church going widows.
- Wharton’s hospital was endowed before 1712
Ann Routh’s Hospital.
Timeline for Beverley History
Beverley Church of St Mary’s