What is Beverley Known For?
A market town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, of which it is the county town, Beverley is an idyllic and tranquil spot enjoyed by both residents and visitors, having been voted as one of the Sunday Times best places to live in northern England in 2018. As the original inspiration for Massachussett’s city of Beverly, the town also influenced the naming of the city of Beverly Hills in California.
Beverley was originally known as Inderawunda, founded in 700 AD by Saint John of Beverley during the era of the Anglian kingdom of Northumbria. After being under Viking control, the town was passed to the Cerdic dynasty, where its religious status and importance increased rapidly. When Beverley then moved to Norman control, the trading industry was first established, with wool-trading in particular flourishing throughout the town.
Once the tenth-largest town in England, today, Beverley is famously known for the Beverley Minster, otherwise known as the Parish Church of Saint John and Saint Martin, Beverley Westwood, a lush green space on the edge of the town given to local residents by the Lord of the Manor during 1380, North Bar, a fifteenth-century gate and Grade 1 listed building, and Beverley Racecourse, a thoroughbred horse racing venue. Horse racing in Beverley can be traced back as far as over 300 years ago, with the introduction of the Jockey Club during 1752 cementing the importance of the sport in the town.
Beverley is also home to several bustling markets, with the main market day held each Saturday, and a smaller market day held each Wednesday. The town also hosts several music festivals throughout the year, such as the Early Music Festival which takes place each May, the Beverley Folk Festival in June, the Jazz Festival in August, and the Chamber Music Festival in September.