Welcome to Beverley Guildhall
Nestled in the heart of the market town, explore the rich and fascinating history of Beverley Guildhall. The Grade 1 Listed building was originally bought by the Beverley Town Keepers in 1501 to be used as a Guildhall, and has seen continuous civic use since. The building is still used for civic and ceremonial occasions and now also holds the Beverley Community Museum.
Elegance and inspiration
Your visit to this beautiful building will be filled with awe at the elegant architecture and design throughout. The portico columns through which you enter are the latest addition to the building, erected in 1832. The Doric style portico, by Hull architect Charles Mountain the Younger, was inspired by the Greek temple of Apollo at Delos. It replaced the 15th century stone arched entrance, which can now be seen at the Dominican Friary near Beverley Minster.
Inside you’ll find the gorgeous Rococo style stuccowork of the courtroom ceiling, completed by the famous Swiss-Italian Giuseppe Cortese, who moved to Yorkshire in the 18th Century. Keep your eyes open to spot the unusual details in the patterns. Elsewhere you can search for the Beverlac town badge, the Coat of Arms of King George lll, who was on the throne in 1762 when the building was remodelled by William Middleton, and original furniture such as the 1604 Mayoral 'bink’ (local dialect for bench) in the Magistrate’s Room. For further information on Beverley Guildhall and a map to guide your visit, download the information sheet.