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    Market Cross

    by Balam Written Mar 6, 2012

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    In the Middle Ages there were weekly markets in Beverley, Originally the market was held in the south of the town, in a large triangular piece of land by the Minster between Eastgate and Highgate. In the 12th century a new market place was built north of the town. It became known as Saturday Market. In 1714 a market cross was erected in Saturday Market. There is still a Market there to this day.

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    North Bar

    by Balam Updated Mar 6, 2012

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    Beverley has not got nor never has had a town wall but in the 15th century there were Bars (Gates) at Newbegin, Norwood, North and South or Keldgate. Without walls to aid in defense the gateways were only used as toll collection points and to aid in the restriction of movement in times of plague and pestilence.

    Of these only the North, Newbegin and Norwood Bars survived into the 16th century. Newbegin Bar was demolished in 1790 and Keldgate Bar was found to be in 'a very bad state of repair' and was demolished in 1808.

    While looking on Beverleyweb.com for info i found these facts interesting

    The North Bar is the earliest surviving brick gateway of its type in the country. It was built of Beverley made bricks at a total cost to the town of £96 17s 4 ½d. As it was replacing an earlier structure collections were made in the town towards the cost.

    -Some 20 local brick makers produced the bricks including Agnes Tiler and John Mudfysch
    -112,300 bricks were used, costing about 3s.7d (18p) per thousand
    -A Bricklayer was paid 6d a day, a labourer 4d

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    The Friary

    by Balam Written Mar 6, 2012

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    In 1263 Henry III gave the Black Friars of Beverley 15 Oaks from the Forest of Galtres to build a friary. like many other monasteries the friary was seized by Henry VIII in 1539.
    The building is still there and is now a Youth Hostel and a venue folk festival events and exhibitions.
    When we visited it was undergoing some extensive restoration.

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    The Minster

    by Balam Written Mar 6, 2012

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    Beverley Minster is said to be the largest parish church in the UK, It's name is The Parish Church of St. John and St. Martin.
    The Minster owes its origin and importance to Saint John of Beverley who founded a monastery nearby around 700 AD he died in 721 and his body was buried in a chapel of the Saxon church.
    He was canonised in 1037 and the present church built around his tomb, His bones still lie beneath a plaque in the nave.
    Work on the present structure began around 1220 and was completed in 1425

    The font dates from 1070 and may have been used in the Norman Church that stood on the site before the present one. The Minster also contains the largest collection of medieval sculptures of musicians in the world.

    The twin towers of the west front formed the inspiration for the design of the present Westminster Abbey and In the 18th century the present central tower replaced an original lantern tower that was in danger of collapse

    This central tower now houses the largest surviving medieval treadmill crane in England, which is used when raising building materials to a workshop located in the roof by removing the ornate central boss in the ceiling above the round altar table


    Opening Times:

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    WINTER (1 November – 28 February) 9.00am-4.00pm

    SPRING (1 March-30 April) 9.00am-5.00pm

    SUMMER (1 May-31 August) 9.00am-5.30pm

    AUTUMN (1 September-31 October) 9.00am-5.00pm

    Sundays

    12 noon – 5.30pm

    Visitors are always welcome at services. Service times are listed on this website and on notice boards inside and outside the building.

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    St Mary's Church

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 4, 2012

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    St Mary's Church was originally a Chapel to the Minster. This attractive 12th Century Church has some beautiful Gothic architectural features including a ceiling in the chancel which consists of 40 panels representing the kings of England up to Henry VI and fine carved misericords.

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    North Bar

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 4, 2012

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    Merchants supplying goods to the town of Beverley had to pay a toll to pass through a Bar. Originally, there were four bar's in Beverley, North Bar, Norwood Bar, Keidgate and South Bar. North Bar is the only remaining Bar in the town. It was re-built in brick in 1409 costing £96.17s 6d. As the town grew the suburb outside the gate was renamed North Bar Without and the buildings inside were called North Bar within.

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    The Market Cross

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 4, 2012

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    The Market Cross was opened in 1714 and was used for ceremonies, recitals and concerts; to this day it is stil used for musical concerts. The four shields depicted on this grand structure depict those who contributed towards the cost for its' construction; Queen Anne, Beverley Council and the Warton and Hotham families.

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    Art in Beverley

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 4, 2012

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    A great feature which we noticed while exploring the streets of Beverley were the paintings by local artists which were on display on exterior walls around the town. We saw a number of them while walking around. It's a fantastic idea, especially for people who wouldn't normally go into art galleries.

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    Visit the Minster

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 4, 2012

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    Beverley Minster is one of Britain's finest example of gothic medieval architecture. There are some great information leaflets available which highlight some of the special features such as the Saxon sanctuary chair, 16th Century misericords and a large collection of medieval musician carvings in stone and wood. There is a lovely little gift shop inside the Minster, where you can pick up some souvenirs and more informative guidebooks.

    The Minster is open from 9am every day although is sometimes closed for special events. It is advisable to ring ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment. Guided tours can also be arranged for a small fee.

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    The Black Mill

    by Britannia2 Updated Nov 11, 2011

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    The Black Mill on the Westwood

    Five Mills are known to have stood at one time or another on the Westwood, three have partial standing remains these are Black Mill, Westwood Mill and the Union Mill. These mills were once used for grinding corn from farms in the surrounding area.
    Black Mill (picturedabove) stands closest to the centre of the common on the a large ridge and the common most distinctive landmark. The top was removed after the mill closed back in 1868.

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    Saturday Market

    by Landotravel Written Sep 19, 2011

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    Beverley is a real market place since ancient times and it can be seen at the very center: Saturday Market, a kind of avenue that expands itself in a square full of shops, pubs and so -and full of parked cars too-. You're welcome by the Market cross and soon you discover the real Beverley with its old village flavour.

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    Beverley Minster: true vertical Gothic!

    by Landotravel Updated Sep 19, 2011

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    This true Britain's jewel is merely ranked as one of the finest minsters in the world and perhaps the best example of vertical Gothic style. The whitish stone all around, its lancet windows, its balanced proportions and graceful design turns this amazing building an architectural marvel.

    Close in proportions to French cathedrals more than most of other English churches in spite of being purely early English style, its main front is breathtaking and the inner is simply splendorous. The XIIIth - XVIth century choir is astounding: surrounded by great part of the original ancient stonework, the great wooden gate with the enormous organ hanging over it and the finely carved stalls enclose the biggest collection of "misericords" in England. Around, some of the nicest stone tombs, the vault and more than 70 music-related figures -the biggest amount inside a church in Europe- carved everywhere makes this place a top rank visit.

    Take your time, discover each unique feature of this marvel and, at last, you may take a nice cheap cake at the well assorted shop inside. Only to remind you everything in here is nice!.

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    St. Mary's Church

    by Landotravel Written Sep 16, 2011

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    The first sight of this astounding church tells you why it is ranked as one of the finest churches in this country -or even abroad-. It resembles an small minster. This XIVth century building resembles King's College Chapel at Cambridge, but the difference is this one is older and it has no rival around for it stands at a side of this small village -with the exception of the minster at the other side-.

    It is praised for its grace and beauty and you only have to enter to discover it. Soon we discover the wooden XVIth century ceiling, that shows golden constellations over a blue layer or ancient England kings on the chancel's roof, which is an unique feature. There are polychromed musicians and other figures carved over the pillars and stalls with a collection of original misericords carved on it.

    But the small stone star and recently adopted symbol of St. Mary's is the "Pilgrim rabbit", a small smiling rabbit carved at St. Michael's Chappel and here accepted as the inspirator for Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland". Who knows...

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    The Market Cross

    by Britannia2 Written Jul 21, 2011

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    Built in 1711-1714, the cross was designed by Samuel Shelton of Wakefield. It bears the royal coat of arms, the symbol of the Borough of Beverley and the coats of arms of Sir Charles Hotham and Sir Michael Warton (both MP's).

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    North Bar

    by Britannia2 Written Jul 21, 2011

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    Beverley Bar is the towns oldest and only existing gateway. It is unique in being the only brick-built town gate in the country. This was due to the East Riding lacking a ready supply of local building stone. It has survived wars and various demolition threats. The latest peril is damage from large lorries, hitting the structure after being guided to it by satellite navigation systems.
    The North Bar is the town’s last surviving medieval gate. The other two, Newbiggen Gate and Keld Gate, were pulled down in the 18th and 19th centuries after falling into ruins.
    Unlike other towns, such as York, the gates were not part of a walled defensive system. Each gate was linked by a ditch circling the town, known as the Town Dyke. But the structure was not to repel invaders. It was designed as a tax raising method.
    The gateway is over 700 years old.

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