Beverley & Villages
Beverley, in East Yorkshire, is located on the west side of the River Hull, approximately 215 miles north of London and 9 miles north of Hull.
The Historic Minster Town of Beverley
Beverley has an up market shopping experience among cobbled streets and charming courtyards and has many high street names. In addition there is an interesting selection of smaller independent shops and the Saturday market is delightful for a weekend browse. The recently opened Flemingate Shopping Centre brings fashion, food and film close to East Yorkshire’s historic heart. Debenhams leads a host of big name stores, including River Island and H&M. There are numerous places to eat or enjoy a coffee as well as a cinema and a Premier Inn if you wish to extend your stay.
The stunning market town of Beverley has beauty in abundance. With an awe-inspiring Minster, historical buildings, cobbled streets, and small town charm, there is something for everyone.
The town has a population of around 24,500. Administratively it is within the local government district of the East Riding of Yorkshire which covers an area of approximately 2,480 sq kms. It is situated in a rich agricultural region and surrounded on three sides by its own green belt, known as the Beverley Pastures or Beverley Westwood. It is a busy and ancient market town of narrow cobbled streets, unspoilt by modern developments and possesses some outstanding architecture, including the magnificent Beverley Minster cathedral. Over 350 buildings here are listed as having historical or architectural merit which include the 12th century parish church of St Mary, and Lairgate Hall built around 1700. It is a popular tourist destination with numerous visitor attractions in the area.
The town's history dates from the early 8th century when a settlement grew up around the monastery which was founded here by John of Beverley around 705 AD. During medieval times Beverley prospered as a wool-trading town, and in the 14th century it was classed as the eleventh richest town in England. Historically the town's economy was based upon wool and brickmaking, and it was a thriving market town. The manufacturing industry in the town suffered badly in the 1970s and 1980s, and today Beverley is largely a dormitory town for Hull. The name Beverley is believed to derive from the Anglo-Saxon 'Beoferlic' (later corrupted into 'Beaverlac') which means 'beaver clearing in the wood' or 'beaver lake'. This refers to the large population of beavers once present here.
Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, Beverley is also one of Yorkshire's best kept secrets. Renowned for its exquisite 13th Century Minster, the town is home to a lively market, a thriving music scene, excellent flat racing and a medieval skyline that remains refreshingly unspoilt.
Beverley is home to the oldest state school in England, in the form of Beverley Grammar School. The school was founded in 700 AD by Saint John of Beverley. Several notable alumni have attended the school, including chemist Smithson Tennant, who discovered iridium and osmium, Thomas Percy, who was involved in the Gunpowder Plot and Paul Robinson, a football goalkeeper who has represented England national football team (2003–2009). In the modern day the school hosts around 800 pupils and has received favourable reports from Ofsted, however, in 2013 it was determined as requiring improvement.
There are other schools in Beverley, such as Beverley High School, which is a comprehensive school for girls: it has around 850 pupils, and is well above the national average based on the results of GCSE test performances. Beverley Grammar School and Beverley High School share a common sixth form, called the Beverley Joint Sixth.
Longcroft School is a co-educational school, with around 1,500 pupils consisting of both boys and girls. Longcroft School was founded in 1949 and officially opened in 1951, and is home to the Longcroft Gospel Choir, founded by Jonathan Chapman. The choir is well known in the local area, and regularly performs at parties, ceremonies, weddings and music concerts. The choir comprises pupils from Year 9 and above and several members of Longcroft School staff, and has a large repertoire of music. Over the choir's period of existence, the choir has performed at venues such as Disneyland Paris and the Apple Store on Oxford Street, London, have released two of their own albums and have featured on a track by singer songwriter Henry Priestman. But more recently in May 2015, it was announced that the Longcroft Gospel Choir will be one of twenty choirs in the UK to perform at and open the 2015 Rugby World Cup in London performing for the home team (England), a brilliant achievement for the school and the young people in the choir.
East Riding College has a campus in Beverley. The college offers various further education courses for school leavers and adults from the town. For higher education students from Beverley either attend nearby institutions such as the University of Hull, or ones further afield depending on test results.