Beverley Road is one of the most historic areas of Hull, though this fact is often overlooked in the city. Over the years Hull has been home to rich industrial histories, strong working-class communities, cultural icons and endless creativity – and Beverley Road has been a part of that story.
In fact, Beverley Road has existed for at least 700 years. Today its surviving historic architecture tells stories of ordinary people and extraordinary moments, from Mrs Bedford’s on Brunswick Arcade to Blundell’s Paint Factory, from suffragist and trailblazer Dr Mary Murdoch to King Charles I, from Louis Armstrong to Everything But The Girl.
Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme
Since 2015 the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme, a heritage project funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, has been working to protect, restore, and celebrate the heritage of this often-forgotten area. The scheme includes a combination of grants to property owners for heritage restoration works, public realm improvements, and a programme of community-based events and activities, ensuring that our built heritage is preserved and that the history of Beverley Road is understood and cared for, for generations to come.
As part of the project, Hull City Council has commissioned Nova Studios to create a series of four short films telling the stories of the people, buildings and events that have shaped Beverley Road.
‘Diversity is the richness’
The first film in the series focuses on the communities that make up Beverley Road’s contemporary demography.
Through the eyes of our three interviewees, we’re presented with a window into everyday life on the road in 2023.
Zeki, a community leader at the Summit Education Society based at Stepney Station, sees Beverley Road with fresh eyes having come to the UK from his native Turkey. Poppy, a teacher at Pearson Primary School where pupils speak 37 different languages, is keen for her students to absorb the history which surrounds them every day. And, Esther, landlady at Station Inn pub, acknowledges the challenges the road has faced in recent years with Covid and economic downturn but is optimistic about its future.
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