Beverley Friary

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3/5

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Date of travel

February, 2019

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This doesn’t feature in the tourist literature and I was attracted by a sign post near the Minster.

Beverley Friary is signed down a narrow lane to the east of the Minster and surrounded by modern housing. Now a Youth Hostel, it is the remains of a C14th Dominican Friary. At the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the friars were expelled and many of the buildings pulled down. The guest house escaped and was sold. It has had a chequered history and escaped demolition in the 1960s. Preservation work began in 1974 .

It is an attractive building of brick and stone with a pantiled roof, set in grassed grounds and surrounded by a brick wall. The modern buildings are cleverly designed to blend with the medieval buildings.

Near the main entrance is a very eroded carving of the Virgin and Child and there is rather a nice gateway through the surrounding brick wall.

The buildings are now a Youth Hostel and not normally open to casual visitors, unless there is someone on site (usually from 5pm) who is prepared to let you in. At mid afternoon I was out of luck. Peering through the glass I could make out an entrance hall with stone slab floor and huge fireplace. Some C15th wall paintings survive on the first floor. The post code is HU17 0DF and the grid reference is TA 038393

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