Location Old Market Place, between Eastgate and Highgate Beverley
Map location in the vicinity
Year opened Unknown
Year closed Unknown
Building Type Stocks
Remarks May have been superseded by new stocks near the Market Cross (see separate listing). 1899 source asserts that they were stored within Beverley Minster but this could not be confirmed.
'Originally the market was held in the south of the town, in a large triangular piece of land by the Minster between Eastgate and Highgate. Gradually shops and other buildings were erected on this market place and it shrunk in size. The market continued to be held there but it became known as the Wednesday Market. In the 12th century a new market place was built north of the town. It became known as Saturday Market. '
Tim Lambert, 'A Brief History of Beverley, Yorkshire: Beverley in the Middle Ages'
'The modern Wednesday Market may be the remnant of a much larger triangular market place in front of the minster, bounded by Eastgate and Highgate, and it may have been the first market place in the town...[The] Wednesday Market also accommodated stocks. (fn. 30)'
A P Baggs, L M Brown, G C F Forster, I Hall, R E Horrox, G H R Kent and D Neave, 'Markets and Fairs', in A History of the County of York East Riding: Volume 6, the Borough and Liberties of Beverley, ed. K J Allison (London, 1989), pp. 218-223
'The Minster, Beverley, had also its stocks, which are still preserved in the roof of that splendid edifice.'
William Andrews, 'Bygone Punishments'. London: William Andrews & Co., 1899
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