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Beverley in general
Beverley in general
Date: 20/04/01, updated on 28/10/02 (455 review reads)
Advantages: Nice people, shops etc etc etc
Disadvantages: Few attractions - slowley loosing traditional Market town touch
**Beverley in Brief**
Beverley is situated in The East Riding Of Yorkshire, and about eight miles from the centre of Hull, and about the same distance (perhaps a little more) to the Humber Bridge. As said, it is historic, and the name derives from either “Beaver Lake” or “The Beaver clearing in the woods” – No-one knows exactly which one – I wish historians would make up their minds!
The real reason Beverley is ‘famous’ is because of the Minster (which I will say more about later) and Saint John of Beverley, who is the Patron Saint of the Deaf and Dumb. Beverley has a lot of nice architecture, such as the house of James Elwell and the bars, which were the old entrances to the Town.
Beverley is twinned with Lemgo in Germany.
**The Town Centre**
Beverley Town centre is reasonably big, with lots of traditional shops such as Robinson’s the Butchers and also G. Jack’s the delicatessens. There are also a lot of Chain shops, such as WH Smith, Woolworths and Andy’s Records. There are two main markets, Wednesday market that is in (wait for it…) Wednesday Market, and Saturday Market, which is a bigger market at the other end of the Town. There is also the Cattle Market, which is a big trading point (Well it was, until the Foot & Mouth crisis started). The Town centre is mainly pedestrianised, and although a lot of shops have been modernised, there are
still a lot of original features to the centre.
There are three main Supermarkets in Beverley, two Safeway’s and one Morrisons. A Tesco’s is being built soon, which is likely to put the Safeway’s out of business. There isn’t really a shopping centre, instead a small shopping arcade, which has a few specialist shops.
There are lots of pubs throughout Beverley, some which are nice for Sunday Lunches, such as “The Sun Inn” (Formerly the “Tap & Spile”) and “The Monk’s Walk” (Which was named after the walk which the Monk’s took the dead bodies of sufferers of the plague to the plague pit).
If you were thinking of a night out, Friday I would recommend more than Saturday night, because on Saturday nights all the squaddies from the Army Base in nearby Leconfield come down, and to be honest it gets a bit rough.
The two main “drinking pubs” are “The Push Inn” and “The King’s head”. Out of the two, I would recommend the second, mainly because they have decent toilets!
There’s one club in Beverley, called Parker’s nightclub, which isn’t very big. Other than that you’ll really have to travel into Hull.
There are quite a few nice restaurants in Beverley. There’s Wednesdays, which is cheap and nice, and a couple of Chinese and Indian restaurants. Like most Towns, Beverley does have lots of takeaways, of all varieties, and it has quite a lot of Fish and Chip shops.
**Sport & Leisure**
There aren’t any professional clubs in Beverley, though if you’re willing to travel then there’s Hull City FC and Hull Kingston Rovers RFC in Hull. There are some good amateur/children’s teams of most sports, and there’s Tennis Courts and the Beverley Racecourse. There’s a small swimming pool
and also a leisure centre (which isn’t particularly good) and the odd gym etc.
On the leisure side of things, Beverley is the proud owner of the longest running cinema in Britain – The Picture Playhouse – It’s very small, has a funny smell and gets films months after they’re released – though it does have a wide selection of Ice creams!
Beverley has one museum as far as I know, The Army Transport museum. I’ve been, and unless you’re interested in that kind of thing, than it can be a tad boring…
I wouldn’t particularly say Beverley’s a religious place as such, though it does have a lot of churches. The most famous of which being Beverley Minster, which is meant to be the most beautiful Church in Europe. Then there’s St. Mary’s, which has a statue of a white rabbit, which was supposedly the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland” books.
Beverley has the odd parish churches dotted about, such as St. John’s and St. Nicholas’.
I don’t know why I’ve added this section in, but it might be of interest. There’s the Hull Daily Mail, which is published every day except Sundays, which gives local and regional news, along with pages of adverts. There are two Beverley papers, The Beverley Advertiser, which is run and written by the Hull Daily Mail, and also The Beverley Guardian. The Hull Daily Mail costs 27p, and the other two are delivered free door-to-door.
I can’t say that the Transport links in Beverley are brilliant, but they are there, which is something. The train station is small, with two platforms, and is on the Bridlington to Hull line. Hull is about 15 minutes on a good day. In Hull there are many connections, such as direct to London, Manchester Piccadilly and Leeds. The service to London is very good, though
I think the authorities have to work on the others.
The buses are Ok I suppose; there are “X46” buses that run from Hull to York and vice versa. For an adult, it costs about £2-4 return from Beverley to York, which I think is a high price, considering they are never, and I mean never, on time.
There are buses that run around the town, and are quite good.
The schools in Beverley are very good; there are three secondary schools, one mixed and two single sex schools. Beverley High, which is for girls, came about 23rd in the country in the league tables last year, and the Grammar School for boys is about the same. They are a lot better than Hull Schools, which have been bottom of the table for at least three years now, and a lot of parents living in Hull are trying to get their children into the Beverley Schools.
There are some good primary schools in Beverley, and then some not so great. There are Church Of England Schools and indeed Roman Catholic.
Beverley has a college, ermm, called “Beverley College” (how original) which does a variety of different courses for all ages.
There are lots more things that I could say about Beverley, but those I’ve said are what I believe to be most important. There are some bad things, such as the fact that with Hodgson’s Of Hull (a chemical making factory) Hodgson’s of Beverley is the 3rd most polluting factory in England.
I know that Beverley used to be a tannery town, and it is quite disappointing that a lot of tradition has been lost, as I know I would have loved that.
Beverley is a very nice place to live in; I have found that everyone is friendly (it must be the dear old Yorkshire Folk!).
I don’t think I’ll stay in Beverley however, because I love London so much. Still, if I ever have children I would love them to grow up in a Town like this. Although Beverley is getting mor
e and more modernised, and congested with traffic etc, the surrounding countryside is beautiful, and at the time of writing, Beverley definitely gets my thumbs up, there’s no doubt about that!