North Bar within safe hands

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When commercial buildings in the town of Beverley are sold, the local community fear the further erosion of the unique character of its historic centre by large retail chains, betting shops and low cost bars.

This is especially so when commercial buildings are for sale on a street as beautiful as North Bar Within.

Situated on this picturesque, historic street and with fabulous views of both St Mary’s Church and the Beverley Minster, 15 North Bar Within is one of Beverley’s finest buildings. Built in the 18th Century and primarily a town house for the Boynton family, it is one of the oldest historic buildings in Beverley - comprising four stories of fabulous architecture as well as an exceptional vaulted cellar.

For many years John Carmichael retailed fine jewellery at 15 North Bar Within, until retiring and passing on the business to Hugh Rice. In 2012 Hugh relocated - putting the building up for sale and resulting in concern by local residents that it may fall into the hands of a pub chain or betting office and damage the historical look and feel of the town centre.

To the great relief of the local community, the building has in fact been bought and sympathetically refurbished by Andrew & Rogers Optometrists, formerly of 68 Saturday Market Beverley. Andrew advises that “we have worked very hard to retain the buildings historic features and develop it into our showpiece optical practice”.

Andrew and Rogers Optometrists have a reputation for retailing high quality eye wear, contact lenses and professional eye care services including colourimeter testing for dyslexia.

“The building is perfect for us to continue the expansion of our practice” said Andrew Scott of Andrew and Rogers Optometrists. “The windows are fantastic, and the spacious ground floor allows us to display all our frames and sunglasses. The building also allows for a further 12 consulting rooms upstairs as we continue to expand the business in the future. We are currently offering the rooms to private doctors and other medical practitioners to allow them to develop their own practices in our beautiful building”

Andrew and Rogers Optometrists was established in Beverley almost 15 years ago – and with an ever increasing register of repeat clients, it’s no surprise to see them move into larger premises. “With the expansion of our services into the treatment of dyslexia, our designer frame and sunglasses range and a growing contact lens client base, we had basically outgrown the space at 68 Market Street. As a result of our expansion and new premises, we are able to increase our stock level by 50% and offer our clients a huge range of frames and sunglasses”.

Andrew and Rogers have also created a dedicated children’s eye wear showroom, designed with more ‘fun’ in mind. “I basically gave the design brief to my two girls who both use glasses. I am very impressed with what they came up with. The separate children’s showroom allows us to offer a fabulous choice of eye wear to our younger clients in an environment that makes choosing glasses a fun and enjoyable experience. It’s a great feeling to know that children also feel like first class citizens when they are choosing their glasses”

Converting what was a dreary 70’s style bank interior into something more befitting of the town of Beverley - Andrew and Rogers were congratulated 15 years ago for the loving restoration of the iroko wood parquet floor and high covered ceilings of their old practice at 68 Saturday Market, Beverley.

“This is an exciting step up for us” says Andrew “and we are delighted that people visiting our new premises have commented on it being the most beautiful shop in Yorkshire. All of the staff are thrilled to be working here and we are all very proud of the building. We feel great that we are doing our bit to preserve the historic architecture of Beverly.”

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