If you're out and about in Beverley, East Yorkshire, why not have a look out for the listed buildings in the town? They are scattered around Beverley and include old merchant houses, a market cross, churches and offical buildings.
In the UK, the term listed building means a building or other structure that is of special architectural, historical or cultural significance; Grade I structures are those considered to be "buildings of exceptional interest. The town of Beverley has seven Grade I listed buildings and structures, which are as follows:
1. Beverley North Bar
Beverley North Bar Beverley Bar (or Beverley North Bar) is a 15th-century gate, located on Lairgate and has buildings either side of it. In the past the bar acted as a toll gate and also a viewing gallery for plays. Traffic is limited to single file through the bar arch and controlled by a set of lights on eiher side.
2 & 3. Norwood House and its gates, gate piers and railings
Norwood House Formerly part of Beverley High School, a restaurant and now the home to Boston Air, Norwood House is an impressive 18th century building which sits across the road from Beverley Music Centre. Historic England regards Norwood House as "a remarkable house of modest dimensions."
Outside of the premise, there are 2 pairs of stone gate piers from 1780 which are rusticated and have square crowning blocks, oval modillions and supporting enriched balls on moulded bases. Ther are also wrought iron railings and two pairs of gates at the edge of the property.
3. The Guildhall
The Guildhall Located on Register Square in the town, Beverley Guildhall is a Grade 1 listed structure with a long and varied history. It is a civic building and was purchased by the Beverley town keepers in 1501. The Guildhall has a stunning Georgian courtroom featuring plaster stuccowork by Giuseppe Cortese. The courtroom also still retains evidence of the building’s roots as a medieval great hall. On the first floor is a Magistrate's room and the Mayor's parlor, both containing historic furniture and paintings.
4. The Hall
The Hall, Beverley Previously home to East Yorkshire County Council, The Hall is a superb landmark building situated on the corner of Lairgate and currently home to individual offices and suites. This merchants house was the house of the Pennyman family between 1700 and 1780 and features a fabulous sweeping staircase as well as an impressive front entrance.
5. The Market Cross
Market Cross Built in 1714, and designed by E Shelton of Wakefield, Beverley's market cross comprises of four pairs of coupled Roman Doric columns in stone standing on an octagonal base of three steps, On the south side of the market cross are four finely carved cartouches displaying the Royal Arms (Hanoverian), and the arms of Beverley, Hotham and Warton in colour. The market cross is situated in the centre of town, close to Beverley's Saturday Market.
6. Beverley Minster
Beverley MinsterBeverley Minster's beautiful west front was said to be the model for the front of Westminster Abbey and in the style of its architecture, it resembles York Minster. The history of the minster dates back to between 1220 and 1420, predating the town of Beverley itself. The interior of the church includes columns of Purbeck Marble, stiff-leaf carving and the tomb of Lady Eleanor Percy, which dates back to around 1340. The tomb is covered with a canopy which is regarded as one the best surviving examples of Gothic art. Another point of interest in the minster is a large, chestnut-colored organ with gold pipes.
7. St Mary's Church
St Mary's Church, Beverley Just inside the medieval town gate of North Bar Within, on the corner of Hengate, stands St Mary's Church, one of the great parish churches of England. The church was built between 1120 and 1530 and the west front of the church is said to have influenced the architecture of the chapel of Kings College, Cambridge.
St Mary's is well known for its ornate carved pillars and one of these, the Minstrel Pillar, shows 5 carved and painted figures of musicians. A famous carving of a rabbit is found at the entrance to St Michael's Chapel in the church, which is thought to be the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland.
There are a further two Grade II listed buildings in Beverley: Beverley train station and Beverley Friary (which is now home to Beverley Youth Hostel.)