Beverley, a municipal and parliamentary borough of England, capital of the E. Riding of Yorkshire, 28 m. E. S. E. of York, and 8 m. N. N. W. of Hull; pop. of the municipal borough in 1871,10,218. The modern part of the town is well built. The most ancient and finest public building is the minster or collegiate church, founded by John of Beverley, with the famous Percy shrine within the choir. St. Mary's church is a large and handsome Gothic building. The ancient grammar school, with a library, is one of the many educational institutions. A new cattle market was built in 1864. The chief trade is in agricultural products, and also in coal, timber, and cattle. There are many tanneries and manufactories of agricultural implements and of firearms, and the iron founderies are among the most extensive in England. Beverley sent two members to parliament till 1870, when it was disfranchised. The origin of the town is traced to the 8th century. Ath-elstan granted a charter to it in the 10th century. It was a manufacturing town at an early period, but the superior advantages of Hull interfered with its progress.
Sir John Hotham, governor of Hull under Charles I., who had been member of parliament for Beverley, was arrested here by his nephew in 1643, on account of his treasonable correspondence with the royalists, and was executed with his son in London.