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Why you should move to Beverley in East Yorkshire

The ancient minster viewed from along the beck lined by town houses in Beverley. Getty
The ancient minster viewed from along the beck lined by town houses in Beverley. Getty

Beverley is one of those rare places completely untouched by modernisation and architectural growth. Bookended between the town’s 15th century North Bar gate and its gothic minster, the pretty cobbled high street stretches between the two, interspersed with towering lampposts, heritage white telephone boxes, and winding alleyways calling to be explored. This market/minster town has a rich history, being once the 10th largest town in England, as well as one of the richest thanks to its significant wool trade and popularity with pilgrims. Now people make the pilgrimage here to either visit the racecourse, minster or its many lovely shops. Boasting not one, but two marketplaces, the town’s prominent position as a trading centre, which stretches as far back as the medieval times, is still very much alive today. Jostling for space amongst the elegant Georgian buildings, market stalls fill the town with Wednesday Market taking place at the south end of the main street, and Saturday market to the north. Nowadays, you won’t be asked to pay a toll at one of the towns four stone ‘bars’ (gates) as merchants were made to do many years ago with only one gate, North Bar, left standing after having been rebuilt back in 1409. Beverley’s warm and welcoming community adds to its already plentiful charm, most probably influenced by the minster which is very much the heart of this beautiful town.

Great British Life: The popular minster town is close to the Wolds and York - there's plenty to do for a day visit - it is a sought-after place to live. (c) Beth Windsor The popular minster town is close to the Wolds and York - there's plenty to do for a day visit - it is a sought-after place to live. (c) Beth Windsor

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With a minster, its own racecourse, enviable commuter links, and a thriving high street, there’s not much that Beverley doesn’t have. Treat yourself to a night at The Beverley Arms to truly immerse yourself in all the town has to offer. This historic 18th century coaching inn was originally a meeting place for local farmers and businessmen to conduct important affairs. Nowadays, however, it’s a beautifully restored hotel with stylish bedrooms, a fabulous restaurant, and atmospheric bar, all housing characterful features. Our favourite has to be the covered terrace, complete with dog beds and blankets, meaning your four-legged friend can join in the fun. In fact, Beverley’s dog friendly credentials are one of the reasons why the town is so desirable. Not only can they stretch their legs on the wide-open Westwood or the nearby Yorkshire Wolds, but they’re welcome in the majority of the town’s stores. There are even two dedicated grooming salons by Everything But The Dog which is so glam you’ll want to book yourself in.

Great British Life: Smart shops in the town centre. (c) Beth Windsor Smart shops in the town centre. (c) Beth Windsor

It’s not just pet stores that are high end, with the likes of The White Company, Oliver Bonas and Mint Velvet gracing the high street you get a jist of just how well-heeled this town is. Of course, there’s plenty of independents interspersed amongst the more well-known establishments. Kindred Spirits showcase a variety of small-batch British distilleries utilising local ingredients, while The Refill Jar is full of soul and sustainability. Eateries are just as eclectic where well-loved chains such as newbie Mowgli and Lucias sit alongside independents boasting prestigious accolades including Whites, and Westwood, that both have a mention in the Michelin Guide. Venture a little out of town and you’ll even find one that holds a star – The Pipe and Glass in South Dalton. In true Yorkshire style, however, there’s plenty of cosy cafes in which to catch up with friends including the cute and quirky Crafty Coffee Shop.

Lovers of history and architecture must make their way to what has to be one of the most beautiful minsters in the country, it's a peaceful place to sit and take in its grandeur. Discover more about town’s rich history and get a glimpse of it through the ages at Beverley Guidhall or soak up the electric atmosphere on race day at Beverley Racecourse. If you're looking to go at a slower pace, then pop over to the nearby village of Bishop Burton which has even been named in the Domesday Book.

Great British Life: Heritage white phone boxes are an unusual sight. (c) Beth Windsor Heritage white phone boxes are an unusual sight. (c) Beth Windsor

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Characterful terraced houses line the pretty streets close to the minster while impressive period homes can be found on the fringes of town. The most desirable addresses lay closer to Beverley Westwood and Molescroft on Lairgate, New Walk, and York Road. Large family homes take pride of place on the roads out of town, while newer builds can be found out towards the northern by-pass. Those seeking out a slice of country life are well served with an impressive selection of idyllic, pretty villages close by. Popular with commuters, the town lies just 27 miles from York and 15 miles from Hull with rail services to both cities as well as direct links to London and the coast. Families are well catered for with many of the nurseries, primary and secondary schools being rated as outstanding.

Property prices vary in Beverley depending on the location and size. Large, detached homes and townhouses range between £377,023-£850,000 with smaller and semi-detached properties selling for an average of £234,472. Terraced properties within the town sold for an average of £226,531. If you’re looking at renting, the average rental price for a one-bedroom flat is £700pcm while the price for renting a three-bedroom house sits at around £949.

Great British Life: Victoria Strictland. (c) Beth Windsor Victoria Strictland. (c) Beth Windsor

Town Life:

Located on Ladygate , Victoria Strictland opened the beautiful lifestyle store The Pamperhouse nearly 10 years ago, purely because she just loved the town so much. When asked why it holds such a special place in her heart, she explains that ‘everybody is so lovely, we have so many regulars who are so nice and supportive. Through the pandemic the support was amazing, because people want to see the independents here. That’s what makes the town, you don’t want empty units or just big chains. It’s a beautiful big market town, and as I walk into work I look around at the buildings and just think I’m incredibly lucky to be here with all the lovely people I’ll see. There’s a genuine community vibe and people care – it's a particular Beverley vibe. People love the town and do want it to do well’

Great British Life: Independent stores are the lifeblood of the friendly town. (c) Beth WindsorIndependent stores are the lifeblood of the friendly town. (c) Beth Windsor



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