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Ghostly goings on in Beverley

Beverley-born actor James Andrew is bringing the darker side of the town’s history to life in the shape of the eccentric and rather creepy character Dr Smalls.

James has launched the Beverley Ghost Adventure and adopts the persona of Dr Smalls as he enthusiastically retells stories of ghosts, poltergeists and headless soldiers. The Victorian doctor, dressed in frock coat and top hat, leads tour parties along a route which includes what he describes as Beverley’s spookiest street – North  Bar Within.

He says he spent 18 months researching the town’s past before launching the tour “They  can last anywhere between 90 minutes and two hours and quite honestly there’s so much going on in that part of Beverley we could have devoted a whole tour just to that one street,” he says.

A former Beverley Grammar School pupil who studied at the Hull College of Performing Arts, James has always had acting in his blood. “I’ve done screen work and radio but have always found theatre the most gratifying,” he said.

“I spent two-and-a-half years as an actor at the York Dungeon, portraying all sorts of dubious and scary individuals, from a plague doctor to an executioner’s assistant to a Roman soothsayer and it’s during that time I formulated the idea of bringing history to life in my home town.

“There are dark stories about civil war and plague and spooky tales to make your hair stand on end. People especially like the story of the headless Danish soldier. Highwayman Dick Turpin was incarcerated in Beverley and I also like to tell his story. Dick Turpin is very much associated with York but I want to bring him out of the shadows in Beverley.”

James takes up to 25 people on The Beverley Ghost Adventure, which takes place on Wednesday evenings. Private tours can be arranged for special occasions. Visit for information and bookings. Advance tickets cost £6 for adults, £4 for children or £7/£5 on the night.

This is, of course the second Beverley Ghost Walk.

For a number of years Hull-based tour guide Paul Schofield has led a monthly combined ghost and history tour alongside his other offerings such as a Beverley Town Walk, a Beverley Pub Walk and a town trail which highlights various medieval guilds and crafts.

Paul Schofield’s Ghost and History Tour usually takes place once a month and costs £4.  More information on all his tours via Future walks are scheduled for: December 29th, January 26th, February 23rd and March 30th. Bookings via Beverley Tourist Information centre on (01482) 391672.