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Beverley buildings open for Heritage Weekend

As part of the this year’s programme of Heritage Open Days, Beverley will be opening the doors to some of the town’s most recognisable buildings this weekend. Heritage Open Days, organised by the Beverley and Hull Civic Societies, and the National Trust, open historic buildings that may otherwise be closed to the public, and provide events such as walks and guided tours free of charge.

The Guildhall in Beverley will be opening its doors from 10 am to 4pm on Saturday, September 8th. Re-modelled in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Guildhall features an ornate stucco plaster ceiling, a silver collection and 17th century furniture. There is also an opportunity to “meet’” Elizabeth Clark, a 19th century woman from the local workhouse who is appearing in the Guildhall courtroom.

County Hall, home to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, will similarly be welcoming the public into its original 1889 Council Chamber this Friday. Little altered since its conception, its classical decorations and hand-carved furniture by James E. Elwell, the father of Beverley artist Fred Elwell, makes for a stunning space.

Guided tours and admission times for the Council Chamber will be at 10 am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm, and 3 pm, and sessions will last 45 minutes, with disabled access to the hall provided. For more information regarding Heritage Open Days in Beverley, visit www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com