20th March, 2018…
The view of the Beverley Minster from Beck Side in Beverley...
Beverley has been named as one of the best places to live in the country, according to an annual survey published by influential national newspaper, The Sunday Times. It takes into account things like school league tables, crime rates, house prices and leisure facilities.
In the section for the North and North-East, Beverley was the only East Yorkshire location listed and was described as “remarkable”.
The Sunday Times worked with Countrywide, the UK’s largest residential estate agency, to collect data that helped determine what makes the perfect place to live. This included not just the cost of a typical starter home, second-step property and larger, top rung-of-the-ladder family house, but rental prices, too.
But, says the report, “numbers don’t tell the whole story”. It continued: “We want locations with all the essentials and a little bit more - uniting appealing properties, proximity to green space, access to beautiful countryside, culture, good schools, great shops, transport links and community spirit, along with a sprinkling of something extra-special.”
Beverley, it said, had it all.
The complete Sunday Times “Best Places to Live 2018” report for Beverley is as follows:
“This remarkable fine Yorkshire hotspot has suffered because of its location. It is a little out of the way, and 15 minutes by train from Hull – too close for the snooty until last year’s joyous stint as UK City of Culture.
“Closer to home, there are folk, chamber and early-music festivals, the theatre is thriving and there’s enough great architecture to satisfy even Pevsner, with an impressive Gothic Minster and properties ranging from red-brick Georgian and comfortable Victorian to charming cottages.
“The selection of shops on the cobbled streets off the market square is improving, and there are some decent restaurants, notably The Westwood (three-course set lunch £22.50). It’s named after the glorious swathe of greenery on the edge of town, where you’ll also find the lively racecourse. The most venerable local institution is the White Horse Inn, known to all as Nellie’s, with an interior that’s a monument to its 17th-century origins.
“There’s a choice of good schools, including three outstanding primaries and the good Beverley High. If you don’t want to go to Hull (more fool you!), it’s an hour’s drive to York, 80 minutes to Leeds and four hours to London.”
The report named North Bar Without (in the Georgian Quarter) as the “best address” in Beverley. For the town as a whole, it calculated house prices starting from £104,880 and rents from £440 per calendar month.
The final “Why we love it” verdict: Upmarket, historic – and not far from Hull.”
Overall winner in the survey as the best place to live in the whole country was York.