Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme: Telling the stories of a historic Hull street

Hull City Council

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.

From Jazz legends and German bombs to Britpop and Grammy winners

The next film in our series explores the incredible cultural history of Beverley Road over the last 100 years.

It’s an animated journey through some of the street’s seminal events starting with the opening of the Wellington Rooms back in 1910.

We visit long forgotten venues and characters who have shaped the cultural fabric and Beverley Road, the city and beyond.

Childhood on Beverley Road during the Second World War

In January 2024, we had the privilege of sitting down with Janet Barker in her childhood home, Beverley Road’s Station Inn.

Janet’s formative memories are of life in the pub in the 1930s. She recalled the joys of every day life growing up on Beverley Road in the years before the war. “It was regarded as one of the best roads because you had some fine buildings, the swimming baths, a log of nice big houses, Pearson Park, of course.”

But then in 1939, the advent of war changed everything.

This film tells the story of Janet’s experience as a child during the blitz on Beverley Road – a street that was marked as a key strategic target for German bombers.

Despite being so young at the time, Janet’s memories are remarkably vivid and it was a pleasure to spend a morning listening to her recollections of such a significant moment in history.

 

 

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