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Beverley History – Saturday Market & Cross

The Georgian Market Cross was built between 1711 and 1714 and was designed by architect Theophilus Shelton. The coats of arms on view include the crest of the Borough of Beverley, and those of Sir Charles Hotham and Sir Michael Warton, the then town’s M.P.s, who contributed towards the construction costs. Situated in the Butterdings area of the town centre, the Market Cross has always been a gathering place especially on market days.

At the end of the 17th century a travel writer named Celia Fiennes said that Beverley was: “a very fine town for its size. Its preferable to any town I saw except for Nottingham. There are 3 or 4 large streets, well paved, bigger than any in York, the other lesser streets about the town being equal with them. The market cross is very large. There are 3 markets, one for beasts, another for corn and another for fish, all large.”