Location The Guildhall, Register Square, Beverley
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened 1611
Year closed c.1810
Century of Operation 1600-1699, 1700-1799, 1800-1899
Building Type Sessions house
Remarks The Guildhall is Grade I listed but the listing does not reference the cells. Replaced by a new sessions house and house of correction in New Walk in the early 19th century (see separate listings). In 1856 one room became a police office with lock-up in an adjacent building (see listing for Beverley Police Lock-Up). The Guildhall and its courtroom are open to the public.
'in 1708 reference was made to the use of part of the guildhall as a sessions house. The lease of 1703 comprised that part of the building measuring 7 yd. by 38 yd. lying south of the door leading to the town's hall; it comprised mill house, kitchen, back kitchen, two low prisons, an outshot, two low rooms, a buttery, and a house of office on the ground floor, and seven chambers and a study on the first floor'
A P Baggs, L M Brown, G C F Forster, I Hall, R E Horrox, G H R Kent and D Neave, 'Public Institutions', 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. 190-195
'The southern part of the house (now Council offices) was used as a sessions house and house of correction from 1611, and a Charity school was located here in the earlier 18th century. In the later 18th century this was also the borough prison and police station.'
East Riding Museums, Visitor Leaflet, 'The Guildhall, Beverley'
'A room at the Guildhall was taken over as a police office in 1856...When the borough force was merged with East Riding Constabulary in 1928 the Guildhall office was retained as a divisional station.'
East Riding Museums, Exhibition Guide, 'Criminals, Courts and Correction: A history of crime and punishment in Beverley'
Description: Register Square, Beverley, Yorkshire
Photo by: Photo © Bernard Sharp (cc-by-sa/2.0)