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Let’s move to Beverley, East Yorkshire: a delight from market square to city limits

Beverley’s Minstrels used to be quite the thing in the 14th century, like One Direction with lutes.

Beverley in Yorkshire
Beverley: ‘It hasn’t been buggered about with.’ Photograph: Alam

What’s going for it? I tell you, the misericords of Beverley Minster! You have never seen the like. And don’t get me started on the stone carving. Oh, go on then: Beverley’s minstrels used to be quite the thing in the 14th century, like One Direction with lutes, their fame preserved for posterity in limestone, drummers, pipers and hornblowers emerging from the minster’s surfaces in full song. If I lived in Beverley, I’d visit this astonishing church – without compare anywhere in Britain – every day.

Even if you’re not a fan of early English ecclesiastical architecture – shame! – Beverley is the bees’ knees, one of those towns that’s a delight from market square to city limits. Its chief fault – relative isolation – is the key to its chief attribute: not having been buggered about with. Despite the occasional boutique hotel and the arrival of quinoa, Beverley’s character, I imagine, is much the same as it was when its minstrels were riding high in the pop charts.

The case against That relative isolation: you have Hull for company, but otherwise you are tucked away off the beaten track. Expansion has long been threatened.

Well connected? Trains: Hull (16 mins) one way, Scarborough the other (72-83 mins), via Bridlington. There’s an hourly bus to York (75 mins). Driving: half an hour to Hull, the coast at Hornsea and the M62.

Schools Primaries: many good, with Molescroft and Swinemoor “outstanding”. Secondaries: Longcroft, Beverley High (girls) and Beverley Grammar (boys – and the oldest state school in England) are all “good”.

Hang out at… The Pipe and Glass, just outside Beverley in South Dalton, is rightly lauded, but there are plenty of picks in town, too: Whites, The King’s Head and The White Horse for starters.

Where to buy Anywhere in the old centre. Beverley is a cathedral city in all but cathedral, its slow evolution having bestowed a fine range of period homes, with an especially good line in red-pantiled Georgians. The plummest are on and off Lairgate and New Walk, York Road towards Beverley Westwood and up towards Molescroft, where it gets more (nicely) suburban. There are good family homes on the roads out of town, such as Victoria Road. Large detacheds and townhouses: £350,000-£850,000. Detacheds and smaller townhouses: £200,000-£350,000. Semis: £150,000-£325,000. Terraces and cottages: £120,000-£200,000. Flats: £85,000-£250,000. Rentals: one-bedroom flat: £425-£525pcm; three-bedroom house: £600-£900pcm.

Bargain of the week Three-bedroom interwar semi, needs modernising, but a steal at £120,000 with williamhbrown.co.uk.


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