Beverley Gate in Hull given national protection

Published: Thursday 21st January 2016 by The News Editor

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Hull’s ancient defence walls have been granted protection because of their national importance.

Beverley Gate, the spot where King Charles I was refused entry to the city in 1642, has been named as a National Monument by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Closing the medieval gateway – one of four in the city – to the King sparked the English Civil War, a defining period in the country’s history.

Besides its national importance, the site also meets the criteria for protection due to its well-preserved archaeological remains.

Hull City Council has worked with Historic England to achieve Beverley Gate’s designation as a National Monument.

Nick Bridgland, Listing Team Leader for Historic England in the North of England said: “We appreciate the huge importance of this site, right in the city centre, to the people of Hull and how its history will be presented in the future.

“As Hull prepares its plans for City of Culture 2017, the significance of its medieval past and Hull’s role in the Civil War are now being formally recognised by the protection of the remains of Beverley Gate.”

Councillor Steven Bayes, cabinet portfolio holder for UK City of Culture and visitor destination, said: “Following the overwhelming response to last year’s consultation on the future of Beverley Gate, it is fitting that Historic England is acknowledging the national importance of the site.

“I am pleased it will now be identified as a Scheduled Monument and the Council will ensure the plans to rejuvenate the site are in-keeping with its new status.”

Residents recently voted to replace existing rails around the 14th Century walls with a glass enclosure, meaning visitors to Hull during its year as UK City of Culture 2017 and beyond will have a better insight into the rich past of Hull’s Old Town.

A planning application for the work will be submitted in due course.

Copyright Press Association 2016

Published: Thursday 21st January 2016 by The News Editor

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