Heritage Open Buildings

Beverley has no less than 411 ‘listed’ buildings built between 1714 and 1837, protected because of their special quality and age. 

On Saturday 13 September 2014, as part of the Beverley Georgian Festival, twenty or so of these buildings and some gardens will be open to the public – others can be seen from the street.  All the Grade I listed buildings, that is, those of European or international importance, are briefly described here: for the full list of all the 411 listed buildings  see english-heritage.org.uk

Further descriptions of buildings to be open to the public, with a map, will appear on this website after Easter 2014.

Both the Minster and St Mary’s are Grade I listed buildings, and both will be open during the festival, with information about their Georgian history http://www.beverleyminster.org.uk and http://www.stmarysbeverley.org

Beverley’s other Grade I buildings are the North Bar of 1409 and the adjoining Bar House, a
17th and 18th century house with a facade of 1866.

Market Cross

Market Cross  Saturday Market, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8AA
In 1714 a market cross designed by Theophilus Shelton was erected in Saturday Market, which has stood there little changed ever since. On it are four shields with the arms of Queen Anne, Beverley Borough and the Warton and Hotham families to who gave money to help build it.
 The cartouche on the Market Cross is surrounded by weapons of war, and surmounted by a head (perhaps of a Turk) with a head-dress containing feathers.  It contains this inscription : 'This cross was built at the expence of Sir Charles Hotham Bart, and Sir Michael Warton Knt. Members of Parliament for this Corporation Anno Domini 1714. And Repaired Ao 1769 Wm Leake Esq, Mayor'. 
The Cross is a Grade 1 listed building – for a fuller description see english-heritage.org.uk

Lairgate Hall

Lairgate Hall, or the Hall, Beverley HU17 8HL
The house of the Pennyman family, built c.1700 and altered in 1780.  Later it became Council offices, and is now offices.  It has fine interiors, with 18th century Chinese wallpaper, grand public rooms and an elegant staircase.
For a fuller description see english-heritage.org.uk

Norwood House

Norwood House, 5 Norwood, Beverley, HU17 9ET
Norwood House is a beautifully restored Grade I listed Georgian building. It was built by a rich lawyer c. 1765-70, and extended by his American son-in-law, William Beverley c. 1825.  It has fine plasterwork and chimney pieces.  Formerly used by Beverley High School for Girls, Norwood House is now used as a catering school and can be booked for special events.  For a fuller description see english-heritage.org.uk


Beverley Guildhall

Beverley Guildhall, Register Square, Beverley, HU17 9XX, adjacent to the main post office.
The Guildhall has had a long and fascinating history. Originally a medieval building purchased by the Beverley councll in 1501, it was extensively altered in the 18th century.  It has been in continuous civic use since 1501. Today it is run as a historic building and community museum but is still used for ceremonial civic occasions. The beautiful Georgian court room with plaster stucco-work by Giuseppe Cortese was used in 2013 in the television programme Death Comes to Pemberley.
For a fuller description see english-heritage.org.uk