Beverley hoping Sunday Times 'top 10' status will bring in visitors
RESIDENTS in Beverley are hoping for a visitor boom after being named one of the most desirable places to live in the North.
The market town will be featured in The Sunday Times list of the ten most desirable locations in Yorkshire and the North East – joining the likes of York and Harrogate.
The Reverend Jeremy Fletcher, vicar at Beverley Minster, said: "With any newspaper or TV publicity, Beverley looks good and people will come and have a look for themselves.
"More importantly, the publicity can lead to more people moving to the region to live and work here.
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"I've lived in Beverley for three and a half years and have found it a really enriching place that offers the full package.
"It is a great place to settle. Lots of people move to the area intending to live here for two or three years, but find themselves here for ten or 20 years. It is a welcoming community."
The list, which takes into account transport links, quality of schools, crime rate and cultural life, will be published across two weekends this Sunday and on Sunday, March 24, in The Sunday Times Home supplement.
Each area is also assessed on its assets.
Beverley boasts about 500 listed buildings.
Professor Barbara English, of the Beverley and District Civic Society, said: "Some people who come to Beverley are astonished they have not heard of this place before.
"The town needs some vigorous promotion. It has one of the best Gothic churches in Europe. There is also the grand church of St Mary's and the common pastures – it is so unusual to have so many acres.
"Between the North Bar and the beck there is a great marketplace and shops and streets."
The Best Places To Live is edited by Sunday Times associate editor Eleanor Mills, who said: "There are many reasons why Beverley has made the list, from the racecourse and Saturday Market to Beverley Minster.
"It is fantastic, walking on the Westwood.
"One of the key scores was the rich cultural life, which in Beverley includes festivals of chamber music, literature, folk and blues.
"There are some great schools in the area and a fantastic housing stock of Georgian and Victorian homes, which are cheap by national standards."