Guildhall Exhibition – 6 July-28 October 2022

A new exhibition called “Lost Streams, Pumps & Privies” opens at the Beverley Guildhall on Wednesday, 6 July. The exhibition explores Beverley’s relationship with water through the ages and reveals the courses of Beverley’s lost waterways, including the Walker Beck and the Town Ditch. The exhibition also looks at how the people of Beverley obtained their clean water, how they disposed of their sewage, and their battle to drain the land and prevent it from flooding.

Kloskk Tyrer, who researched and produced the exhibition, said: “Beverley was shaped by water, and in medieval times it was riddled with streams. Many of the town’s sinuous streets followed the courses of these waterways, giving Beverley its elongated shape.

“If you know where to look, there are still clues that show where the town’s most significant stream, the Walker Beck, once flowed. Even today the Walker Beck continues to run below our feet as a surface water drain, pretty much following its original medieval course.”

The Guildhall is in Register Square, off Cross Street, and is open from 10am to 4pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. Admission to the building is free and there is no need to book in advance.