Beverley Gate, which marks the spot where King Charles I was refused entry into the city of Hull in 1642, leading to the outbreak of the English Civil War, has been given protection by the Department for Culture Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.

Beverley Gate and the nearby archaeological remains have been granted protection because of the national importance of Hull’s 14th century town walls. It is one of the four principal medieval gateways into the town and the one that was closed to King Charles I on 23 April 1642, which was a pivotal moment in the build-up to the English Civil War.

The medieval monument also meets the criteria for protection due to the fact that the site has well-preserved archaeological remains.

Nick Bridgland, Listing Team Leader for Historic England in the North of England said:

“We appreciate the huge importance of this site, right in the city centre, to the people of Hull and how its history will be presented in the future. As Hull prepares its plans for City of Culture 2017, the significance of its medieval past and Hull’s role in the Civil War are now being formally recognised by the protection of the remains of Beverley Gate.”

Councillor Steven Bayes, Hull City Council cabinet portfolio holder for UK City of Culture and visitor destination, said:

“Following the overwhelming response to last year’s consultation on the future of Beverley Gate, it is fitting that Historic England is acknowledging the national importance of the site.

“I am pleased it will now be identified as a Scheduled Monument and the Council will ensure the plans to rejuvenate the site are in-keeping with its new status.”

Following extensive public consultation, Hull City Council continues to work with Historic England about plans for new interpretation so that visitors to Hull during its year as UK City of Culture 2017 and beyond will have a better insight into the rich past of Hull’s Old Town.