Georgian Society for East Yorkshire


Watton Abbey

Watton Abbey

Saturday, 16th May 2020, 01:30

Watton Abbey (thanks to Mr and Mrs Reevel) A rare opportunity to see inside the splendid 14th – 15th century Prior’s lodgings. It is one of the East Riding’s finest buildings; the only surviving part of the important Gilbertine Priory, whose extensive earthworks can be seen in the adjacent fields.

We will also visit the interesting 16th-century brick parish church and the recently restored ‘barn’, which may or may not be part of the medieval priory buildings.

From Watton we will travel the short distance to Beswick, where we will have a close look at the exterior of the intriguing Beswick Hall (owned by John Duggleby), which many of you will have glimpsed from the main road. Built in the early 17th century, with late Georgian-early Victorian alterations, the hall was the home of the Royalist poet, George Daniel, the Georgian huntsman, William Draper, and Alexander Pope’s friend, Hugh Bethel. After a visit to the charming small Victorian church at Beswick there will be tea and cakes.

Coach pick ups:

Ferensway (Hull Truck): 12.30 pm

Cottingham Green: 12.45 pm

Beverley (behind Marks & Spencer, New Walkergate): 1.00 pm

1:30 pm Arrive Watton Abbey

5 pm Board coach.

Coach: £10

Admission & refreshments: £7

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