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County Town: Beverley
Population: 600,000
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Did you know that Beverley is named after Beavers (the name means Beaver Clearing), once common in the area? The town crest still has a beaver on it. The animals were sadly hunted to extinction in Britain many centuries ago: partly for their fur; but more strangely because the church regarded the water-dwelling animals as fish not meat for fasting purposes, so eating beaver was allowed on holy days with the Pope’s blessing.
Did you know that the largest parish church in England is Holy Trinity in Hull? At least the largest by area – the lovely St Nicholas’s in Great Yarmouth claims to be the largest such building. The vast Holy Trinity, now Grade I listed, dates from about 1300. At the other end of the dimensional scale, it contains woodwork including his trademark mice-carvings by Robert ‘Mousey’ Thompson.
Did you know that it was at a great council in Londesborough in 627 that Edwin, King of Northumbria, was persuaded to adopt Christianity and throw off his previous pagan views? According to Bede Edwin’s high priest, Coifi, spoke in favour of the new religion; and Paulinus explained its principal tenets. The council either took place at the King’s summer encampment, or his royal palace. When Edwin chose to become Christian the nearby temple at Goodmanham was immediately burned.

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Adrian Haworth | Alfred Matthews | Amy Johnson | Andrew Marvell | Brian Rix | Edward Milne | Henry Kettlewell | Ian Carmichael | J Arthur Rank | Jean Rook | Luke Campbell | Maureen Lipman | Naomi Mitchison | Richard Herring | Sir Tom Courtenay | Stevie Smith | William Kent | William Wilberforce | Winifred Holtby |

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