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Beverley
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East Yorkshire
53° 50′ 42″ N, 0° 25′ 37.2″ W
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Beverley is a market town located close to Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The town was founded in the Anglian Kingdom of Northumbria, in approximately 700AD by Saint John of Beverley, it was originally known as Inderawuda. Under Norman rule the town flourished, it became a place of pilgrimage due to its founder.

Beverley became one of the richest towns in England, it was trading in wool and the pilgrims, who came to the town, contributed to its wealth. After the dissolution of the monasteries and the reformation of the church, the regional stature of Beverley was reduced. The pilgrims stopped coming and many of the town folk starved, as they relied on the pilgrims for income, could not find alternative work.

During World War II the towns shipyard made mine sweepers for the Royal Navy. After the war it produced fishing trawlers until it closed in the 1970's. The deep sea trawler, Arctic Corsair, built in 1960, is now preserved at the transport museum in Hull.

Today the town has a racecourse and holds regular markets. It is also holds food and music festivals.