Saturday 11 September:


Sunday 12 September:



Beswick: the Hall, the Church, and the Village

St Margaret's church, 59 Main Street, Beswick, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO25 9AS

Beswick is a charming village just off the A164 road, between Beverley and Driffield,dominated by a large and ancient brick manor house across the street from a Victorian church. Take an expert tour with architectural historian Dr David Neave

Beswick (prounounced Bez-ick) was a small settlement even in Domesday Book. It is dominated by its Grade II* late Elizabethan Manor House built for William Daniel around 1600. The interior of the Manor is not open for HOD but the exterior is of great interest. The brick front of the house has diagonal patterns (‘diapering’) in darker brick, and from this you can see where alterations have been made to windows and doors. From the street you can see the southern part has Georgian windows whereas the northern part has the original stone mullions with small panes. The roof was raised c.1840 and there were additions and demolitions over the centuries. It has for many years been divided into two houses.

The church of St Margaret at Beswick, opposite the Manor, was built in 1871 by James Fowler for Lord Hotham, replacing a previous thatched building. The village contains an interesting mixture of pre-Victorian small houses, farms and cottages of brick: the Hotham family from South Dalton bought the village in 1838 and added typical estate houses in the late 19th and 20th cent. The village has a fine 18th cent. turnpike milestone with mounting block., and two water pumps. Beswick once contained the famous Sissons wagon works, and an example of their wagons can be seen on Heritage Open Days at Skidby Mill.

Join the tour of the Manor, Church and Village with the distinguished historian David Neave. Or collect a self-guide tour leaflet from the church (also by Dr Neave).

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Escorted tours on Saturday at noon and 1400 must be pre-booked. Self-guided tours also available from church both days
Booking Contact: John Duggleby
Call: 01377 270229 / 01377 271661
Booking opens: 11 August 2021 11:00
Booking closes: 11 September 2021 10:30


Walking around church, hall and village is level but some paths may be uneven.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.