Heritage Open Day "Out with the Old and in with the New"

19th September 2019 9:21am - Return to press releases

Heritage Open Day "Out with the Old and in with the New"

For Beverley’s Heritage open day this year, a walk took place called “Out with the Old in with the New”. The purpose of this walk was to take participants through the oldest and newest streets, buildings and viewpoints around the town.

Twenty-five people participated in the walk, which started at St Mary’s Church and ended at East Riding College on Flemingate. At both locations walkers climbed to a high point in the building to get a view over the town. In The College they went to the third floor conference room, which has a wonderful view over the Minster. At eight o’clock the building was spectacularly floodlit and had the setting sun behind it.

Many ‘Old to New’ themes featured throughout this walk, and even the view from our The College to the Beverley Minster is representative of a look back in time from a new and modern building to a spectacular building that is hundreds of years old.

Former Vice Principal, Mr John Doris provided a brief history of the Flemingate site for the walkers. From the early settlers that came from Flanders in the 1200s, to the rise of the leather industry, Richard Hodgson & Sons in the early 20th century, the move to the Far East of labour intensive tanning industry, the closure of the Richard Hodgson tannery in the 1970s, the creation of Hodgson Chemicals Ltd which was bought out by a Swiss chemical group called Clariant in 2000 and Clariant’s decision to shut the factory in 2003, leaving the whole site had been left empty and derelict.

A decade later the building of the new mixed-use Flemingate Centre began. Comprising housing, retail leisure and education. The site opened in 2015. Mr Doris then gave a brief description of the ‘green credentials’ of the College building including the solar panels, LED lighting, biomass boiler and rainwater harvesting.

The group were immensely impressed by the building and the facilities, as many had not been inside before.