If asked not many people outside of the UK are aware of the UK’s biggest county, Yorkshire. To be fair, not a lot of people know anything outside of London, but that hasn’t stopped our heritage from stamping itself in the strangest of places.
The exclusive area filled with the rich and famous in Los Angeles California got its name from one of the beautiful historic market towns. Yes, you’ve probably guessed it, Beverley.
The East Riding market town managed to have an extraordinary connection giving its name to the famous Beverly Hills that only some will have known.
But what is the connection between Beverley Hills and Beverley, East Yorkshire?
People of America may be forgiven for thinking the name Beverley was named after some person of significance, but that’s not the case at all. In fact, LA’s Beverly Hills got its name from Beverly Farms, a neighbourhood comprising the eastern part of the city of Beverly, Massachusetts.
A man named Burton Green owned the Rodeo Land and Water Company in the early 20th century, and came up with the name thanks to happy years in Beverly Farms.
According to Mental_floss magazine, settlers from England back in 1668 named the community after God’s Own Country’s own market town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, called Beverley.
Beverley was originally called Inderawuda, the name of a church founded there by the Bishop of York in 700 AD. But, in the 10th century, the townspeople changed its name to Beverlac, or beaver lake, because of the large beaver population in the nearby River Hull.
And, by 1037, the town became known as Beverley, and the Bishop of York who had founded the original church 300 years earlier was canonised as St. John of Beverley.
Beverley was one of the only towns in the north of England that weren’t destroyed when the Normans invaded Britain. It is known these days for a range of things, such as the Beverley Market, Beverley Westwood, North Bar, and Beverley Racecourse.
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