The pretty market town of Beverley in East Yorkshire, has many delights. The jewel in its crown is surely the magnificent Beverley Minster, but it also boasts North Bar, a 15th century gateway to the town and many old buildings and quirky little lanes.
It was founded in 700 AD and was once the tenth-largest town in England and the inspiration for the naming of Beverley, Massachusetts and Beverley Hills in California.
And ….. it has other little surprises dotted around its streets and buildings.
Above you see a photo of two paintings, placed high on a wall above the busy pedestrian precinct in Butcher Row. They are high quality reproductions of original paintings by Fred Elwell, who was born in Beverley in 1870. He married Mary Dawson, who was also an artist and they lived in the town, at Bar House, North Bar.
Beverley and the surrounding areas were a great source of inspiration for them both and, on his death in 1958, he bequeathed many of his works and those of his wife too, to Beverley Art Gallery.
Beverley Art Gallery and Beverley Civic Society worked together to ensure that the people of Beverley could enjoy the paintings in settings that had inspired the artists and so now 22 ….yes 22 .… of Fred and Mary’s paintings adorn the highways and byways of this lovely town.
I have not yet managed to see all of them, but here are two I spotted yesterday, they were both painted by Fred Elwell.
I do hope you will go ‘Painting Spotting‘ if you are ever in Beverley …… a map of the locations of all the paintings can be obtained from the ERYC Tourist Office or the Beverley Art Gallery.