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Beverley History – Coronation Garden
In 1827 two adjacent Georgian town houses on North Bar Within were purchased and demolished by Henry Ellison of St Mary’s Manor. Part of the land was donated to St Mary’s Church for use as a parish burial ground between 1829 and 1869.
The iron gates are original and were made in 1829 by William Crosskill who owned the leading foundry in the town at the time. In 1955 the ownership of the land passed from the Church of England to Beverley Corporation for use as a public place. The Corporation created the Coronation Garden to commemorate the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
The headstones from the old burial ground are still to be seen in the garden along the walls but are corroding fast. Beverley Civic Society is a great source for more information about Coronation Garden. You can find out more at http://www.beverleycivic.co.uk
If you’re interested in family history and who is buried in Coronation Garden you can find that information at the Treasure House.