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New exhibition in Beverley Guildhall looks at Lairgate

Date
Wed, 20 Nov 2019
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Beverley Guildhall’s winter exhibition this year will be “Looking at Lairgate – Beverley’s Back Street”. The new exhibition opens on Wednesday, 27 November and runs through to 13 March, 2020.

Guildhall curator Fiona Jenkinson said: “Our ‘street’ exhibitions have always been very popular, because people can relate their memories to a particular area.

“Lairgate runs all the way along the back of Beverley from Keldgate to the junction with North Bar Within at Kemps Corner, and was one of the principal streets of the medieval town. People may remember that it was originally a two-way street and there was at least one motorist who caused chaos when it was changed to one-way in 1968!

“It is actually a very varied street, so we have information on the banks and solicitors, the Congregational Chapel and St John’s Chapel, the bede houses and ‘maison de dieu’, and of course Watts Bros and Lairgate Hall, among many others. We hope that people will enjoy remembering earlier times on the street, and perhaps finding out something new.”

Looking at Lairgate” opens at the Beverley Guildhall on Wednesday, 27 November and runs until 13 March, 2020. The Guildhall is located at the far end of Register Square, and is open from 10am to 1pm every Wednesday and 10am to 4pm every Friday. The building will be closed between Christmas and New Year, reopening on Friday 3 January, 2020. Admission to the building is free. 

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