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HOD: Beverley, Norwood House Online


11 - 20 Sep 2020

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Norwood House is a Grade I listed building, defined by Historic England as of ‘exceptional interest’ – a very rare grade: Lairgate Hall and North Bar House are the only other Grade I Beverley houses.

Jonathan Midgley, a rich lawyer, built Norwood house and moved there in 1760, the architect probably being Thomas Atkinson of York. Midgley’s daughter and heiress, Mary, ran off to Gretna Green with an American from Virginia called William Beverley. William Beverley then extended the house, and was mayor of Beverley town, but died in poverty. The house thereafter was owned by many different people (including a notorious countess, age 59, who married her groom, aged 27). Of course, it has a ghost, Alice. For some years it was part of the Beverley High School. When the school moved out, the house became derelict, but fortunately was rescued firstly by the Brantingham Group, and then by Mark Parkes, Group Managing Director of Bostonair Group Ltd. Mr. Parkes has completed a full and thorough restoration of the building to secure its future, creating a 21st century working space whilst preserving the unique fabric of what is a very special building.

This year, because of Covid-19 restrictions, Norwood House cannot open to the public, but there is an fascinating online video of the history of Bostonair and Boston Trawlers and also pictures of Norwood on 2019 HOD.

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