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Beverley History – Toll Gavel

Pictured is part of Toll Gavel in the early 1950’s showing two of Beverley’s most well-known shops, Woolworths and Currys. It’s interesting to note that Toll Gavel had two-way traffic at this time with narrow footpaths on both side of the road. However on the day this particular photograph was taken the only road user was a horse and cart!

Toll Gavel was formerly part of the medieval ‘high street’ and was mentioned by its later name from 1344-5. It was so called as a place where tolls were collected.

The sign outside the Currys shop was advertising cycles and radios and if you look carefully you will see cycle wheels for sale on the shop front.