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Hull Promenade

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

If you read my posts here or on Facebook regularly you will certainly be aware that 2017 is Hull’s year as UK City of Culture. And that as my personal contribution to the year that I’ve been posting another picture every day to my newest web site, Hull Photos, also known as ‘Still Occupied – A View of Hull‘, the title of a show I had in the city in 1983 in which around 148 of the pictures appeared.


Half Tide Basin and entrance locks, Victoria Dock, 1982

So far I’ve added 406 pictures to the site, rather more than the days of the year so far, as I put pm quite a few pictures before the start of 2017. But every day, usually more or less straight after breakfast, I sit down at my computer, write the code (I have to alter 4 files) and then FTP the day’s new image into place. It’s become a daily ritual, sometimes something of a challenge, especially when I’m away from home, but a little bit of structure I’m sure I will miss when we get to 2018. The latest picture is always shown on this page, as well as on its final resting place in the site, but it’s best to follow the year on Facebook as I usually post some text about it there – and you can comment.


Half Tide Basin form the entrance locks, Victoria Dock, 2017

But of course I had to visit Hull during this special year, and although I’d hoped to find time to go several times, so far I’ve only managed 5 days in February. We had an eventful journey to Hull, parts of which I’m probably not allowed to tell you much about, which involved me traveling alone from Kings Cross to Hull with an empty reserved seat next to me, with my wife taking a later train which was diverted via Selby while the train I was on was kept standing at Kirk Sandall while several rail staff on board argued with a young man who had run across the track to board the service and appeared not to have a ticket. Finally we moved on to Hatfield & Stainforth where a police officer was waiting on the platform, and, over an hour late we finally arrived at Hull, around 20 minutes after Linda got there.

We’d sold Linda’s parental home to pay for her mother’s upkeep in an old people’s home back around 2000, and our old friend with a stately home in the north of the city we were always welcome at died a few years ago, so this year we were staying in digs in the Victoria Dock estate, comfortable enough and only a very short walk from the Old Town thanks to the recent Scale Lane footbridge. We got there, dumped our cases and went out for a walk.

I’d not been to Victoria Dock for over 25 years and it was something of a shock to se what had been a largely open and derelict area turned into a suburban estate, if one with some reminders of its previous life, with the dock entrance and Half Tide Basin retained as a feature.

And while the old Hull had a number of piers, it now has a Promendade, and it was one we had virtually to ourselves on a glorious dramatic winter afternoon.

Siemens, whose ‘blade’ was then dominating Queen Victoria Square in the city cwntre have taken over Alexandra Dock, providing welcome employment, and I suppose the loss of the public footpath on the edge of the Humber there is a small price to pay, but it was a disappointment to find our path blocked there, with a long diversion. Instead we turned back towards the city centre. past The Deep and across the footbridge there to the Minerva for a pub meal.

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Hull Photos: 18/8/17 – 24/8/17

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

18th August 2017

When the first Hudson Ward mill was built on this site, it was on the bank of the canal – the Aire and Calder Navigation – that made Goole a port for Yorkshire, linking it to Knottingley, Leeds, Sheffield and South Yorkshire. In 1910 the canal west of Barge Dock was widened to form South Dock.

Barges could bring cereals on the extensive canal system to Hudson Ward’s mill in Goole Docks from a wide area around, and grain from the USA and Canada could be brought by ocean-going large vessels for transhipment from Hull Docks by smaller vessel. Barges could also be used to distribute the mills products, flour, sharps, bran, flaked maize and a complete range of compounded foods for pigs, cattle and poultry.

The vessel berthed at the mill is the Daunt Rock, 892 tons and 64 m, long with beam 10.8 m, built in 1976 at Hancocks Shipbuilding Co. Ltd at Pembroke Dock and registered in Cork (where Daunt Rock is a hazard to navigation close to the harbour mouth.) In 1988 she was renamed Cornet and in 2001 Zila. In 2011 she was reported to be still sailing under the Panamanian flag, but her current status is listed as “Decommissioned or Lost”.


36l33: Daunt Rock berthed at silo, South Dock from Bridge St, Goole, 1983 – Goole

19th August 2017

The view from the bridge along South Dock with the Hudson Ward mill at right, and the moored Gaunt Rock in the centre. At the left in the distance is one of Goole’s trademark buildings, No. 5 hoist for the ‘Tom Puddings’, compartment boats developed by William Bartholomew in 1863, bringing coal to Goole to be loaded into ships. Each compartment could hold about 40 tons of coal, and they were towed in trains normally or 21, sometimes up to 38. Trains often had be be split to go through the locks.

There used to be five hoists at Goole and they could load up to around 300 tons of coal an hour. They were last used in 1986 when No 5 was Grade II* listed.


36l34: South Dock, Goole, 1983 – Goole

20th August 2017

A view along the south side of South Dock from close to the Bridge. The boat moored a few yards down is I think an old steam tug and a board on it (partly obscured by a rope) says Acaster’s Water Transport Goole, a company still listed as supplying two tugs on the Humber web site and based in Swinefleet in Old Goole.

Beyond that is the entrance to No. 2 dry dock and then No. 5 Hoist. The ship moored just past this is I think partly in South Dock Basin which is I think the inlet where the ‘Tom Pudding’ compartments were stored. The rather odd tower to the left of the hoist is still standing, and there are still large sheds beyond – Sheds 44 and 45 of the Caldaire Terminal opened in 1999, which I think are modern replacements for that in my picture.


36l43: South Dock, Goole, 1983 – Goole

21st August 2017

A tighter view of the Acaster’s Water Transport tug in South Dock and the shed behind. There is a name on the lifebeltm but I can’t make it out. The first two letters at the top could be SV (for steam vessel?) but this is followed by an unreadable letter, possibly A, then T,O and some more I can’t read. Only a part of the lower letting is visible, with the first four letters clearly ROCH, perhaps the start of Rochester or Rochdale…


36l45: South Dock, Goole, 1983 – Goole

22nd August 2017

The entrance to Associated British Ports Goole with a barrier on a ramp, and on the building in the centre the message ‘No Public Allowed’. The dock visible in the distance is I think Ouse Dock, but I’m not exactly sure in which direction this picture was taken.


36l52: Associated British Ports entrance, Aire St, 1983

23rd August 2017

Another picture from Bridge St showing South Dock, Daunt Rock and the Hudson Ward mill. I’ve never been too good at holding a camera level, and would probably have straightened this up in printing, but I’ve left it, as correcting would lose the hoist at the left edge of the image.


36l55: South Dock from Bridge St, 1983 – Goole

24th August 2017

The sign points to Shed 37 which is on the north side of Ouse Dock, and Lowther Bridge joins this dock to the rest of Goole Docks. This was one of the early entrances from the Ouse through Packet lock (replaced by the larger Victoria Lock in 1881) for the numerous steam packets.

There was a larger ship entrance (Ship Lock into Harbour Dock – both now filled in) and then into Ship Dock, and then into Ship Dock, as well as a Barge Lock leading into Barge Dock. Ship Dock and Barge Dock were opened out where there had previously only been a narrow channel and Ocean Lock constructed from Barge Dock to the river to take larger ships in 1938, replacing both Ship Lock and Barge Lock.

There is a public right of way across the Lowther Bridge but I think in 1983 any signs to it had been fairly well hidden by ABP which had recently taken over the docks when they were privatised.


36l66: Associated British Ports entrance, Aire St, 1983


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Hull Photos: 11/8/17 – 17/8/17

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Another week’s postings from August:

11th August 2017

Another view of the swing bridge across the entrance lock to the former fish dock. St Andrew’s Dock had been built with the coal trade in mind, but was opened in 1883 as the fish dock, and remained in that use until 1975, when the fishing fleet moved to nearby Albert Dock.

The area around the lock was designated as a conservation area in 1990, but the Lord Line building – trawler owners offices built in 1949 – is only locally listed. In May 2017 Hull Council issued an enforcement order against the building’s owners telling them to make it safe and secure after many photographs taken inside the building and on its roof had been published. The owners response was to put in plans to demolish both this building and the nearby listed Hydraulic Tower and Pump House, which environment officers have rejected.

Although people in Hull welcomed the recent listing of around ten Hull buildings in recognition of its year as UK City of Culture, many were disappointed that Lord Line and the also the threatened huge ‘Three Ships’ mosaic on the former BHS store were not also protected.

Most of the other buildings visible in the picture have now gone. In the distance at the left of the picture you can see the distinctive chimneys of two of the fish smoke houses.


36k54: Swing Bridge, St Andrews Dock entrance and Lord Line building, 1983 – Docks

12th August 2017

Water still remained in St Andrew’s Dock, though the entrance was now closed by the roadway across it. The main part of the Lord Line Building was I think empty, though people still seemed to be working in some of the other buildings around where cars and a van and a lorry are parked.

The Lord Line building was still in good condition, with not a single broken window. On its frontage are the names of some of the companies which used it – British United Trawlers Limited, Marconi Marine, J Marr & Son and another I can’t quite read.

At the end of the road are trawlers in William Wright Dock. Of the buildings on the right only the listed hydraulic tower remains. The Lord Line building has been deliberately left open to vandalism for years but its basic shell appears sound.


36k55: St Andrew’s Dock, Lord Line Building and road, 1983 – Docks

13th August 2017

St Andrew’s Dock had been the fish dock since it opened in 1883 until it was abandoned in 1975, with what remained of the fishing industry moving a short distance east to Albert Dock.

Those that remained of the businesses around the dock moved with it, leaving empty buildings, some dating from the 1880s, and they quickly deteriorated.


36k61: Abandoned buildings, St Andrew’s Dock, 1983 – Docks

14th August 2017

CEA Towne Ship Riggers Ltd is a family firm founded in 1948, becoming a private limited company in 1951, and still trading as the Towne Group. The plates by the office door show it was also the registered office for Charles Towne Agencies Ltd and ‘Ropes & Rigging Ltd’ presumably all part of the group. The bottom plate is for the Fleetwood Trawler Supply Company Ltd which was set up in 1912 to supply Fleetwood trawlers with oil burning navigation lamps and also provided sheet metal work, ships rigging, sail making, chandlery and provisions, and which became a part of the Towne Group, which also includes a farm on Hull Road in Skirlaugh.

The business of the companies has changed somewhat with the end of the fishing industry; some of the companies are now longer active but the Towne Group is now particularly involved with lifting equipment.


36k65: CEA Towne (Ship Riggers) Ltd, St Andrew’s Dock, 1983 – Docks

15th August 2017

Empty cable drums and coils of rope on the dockside at St Andrew’s Dock. The reflection in the window shows a fish smoke house and what I think is a part of the trawler owner’s offices in the Lord Line building.


36k66: Abandoned workshops, St Andrew’s Dock, 1983 – Docks

16th August 2017

I was fascinated by the texture and marks on this wall and the tall, slim post embedded in the concrete path in front of it on a corner of Lime St, to the east of the River Hull, and photographed it on several occasions. There was something about the vertical stains coming down the wall with their diffuse edges and the precise edge of the post, as well as the square aperture in the wall, and there always seemed a peculiar quality of light here, with the tall and fairly light coloured wall acting as a huge reflector.

There was a certain mystery about it. Lime St now has no walls, no posts like this.

Lime St is said to have got its name from the time when the processing of whales was one of Hull’s main industries. There were pits of quicklime beside the river where the whales were rendered down. It was an industry that gained the street the reputation of being the smelliest street in England. It was still a street lined on both sides by industrial premises – including the wharves along the River Hull on its west side – when I took this picture in 1983.


36l24: Post and Wall, Lime St, 1983 – River Hull

17th August 2017

The first of a few pictures from Goole, which I visited briefly. The port of Goole was always linked with that of Hull, as well as being a competitor, with barges taking goods between the two. Goole has its canal connections with West Yorkshire and beyond while Hull was closer to the sea and has docks for large ocean-going vessels.

The silo now helpfully has the name Hudson Ward across the top and is the Hudson Ward mill; it was perhaps being repainted when I took this picture in August 1983. The company are flour millers and manufacturers of animal foods of all kinds and came to Goole in 1885. On 31st December 1893 the partnership between Thomas Francis Hudson, Robert Robinson, and Thomas Hanley was officially dissolved and the business carried as the Hudson, Ward and Company Limited, Flour and Corn Merchants and Millers at the Dock Mills, Goole.

Robert Robinson was a farmers son, born in 1846 at Thorne Levels and worked on his father’s farm until he bought a flour mill at Conisborough in 1870 with his father-in-law T F Hudson. Four years later he rented a mill at Doncaster with Thomas Hanley, which unfortunately burnt down in 1881. They bought a mill at Retford and rebuilt the Doncaster mill.

The mill at Goole was opened around 1885 and cost around £18,000 though possibly older existing buildings on the site were used as offices. The rather plain silo in my pictures I think probably dates from the 1930s, built alongside the original six storey brick building which had many more windows and electric lighting and was demolished probably in the 1970s. Hudson Ward were formed when Robinson retired, spending a few years travelling abroad and later becoming a well-known Doncaster councillor and Mayor from 1902-3. He was also a leading Methodist in the area, as were several of Hull’s leading industrialists.

The major part of the wheat used for flour milling is brought up the river in the firm’s fleet of barges direct from trans-Atlantic ships in Hull and discharged in bulk into this large 4,000-ton silo on the north side of Goole’s South Dock.


36l32: Daunt Rock berthed at silo, South Dock from Bridge St, Goole, 1983 – Goole


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Hull Photos: 4/8/17 – 10/8/17

Monday, September 4th, 2017

I’ve managed to keep posting an image a day over the holiday period, despite some problems with accessing WiFi when away from home, but I’ve rather got behind in posting the weekly digests of posts. So this is the first of several posts in an attempt to catch up over the next few days.

4th August 2017

One of the upper rooms in the Pilot Office on the corner of Nelson St and Queen St was built to give the pilots a clear view up the Humber for incoming vessels, and doubtless they would sit or stand there with a telescope waiting for their turn to go out in the pilot boat to meet them. But on this occasion the launch had been out in the Humber and had then come in and was waiting at the riverside, next to the horse wash before setting off to meet the ship. The view out from the Pilot Office along the estuary is now blocked by The Deep.

The ship’s name appears to be Simone, and there are several ships of that name, but all I can find details of were built after I took this picture in 1983. She has the letters RNO large amidships.


36i24: Humber pilot boat Camilla speeds off provide a pilot, 1983 – Old Town

5th August 2017

This area close to the mouth of the River Hull was Hull’s ‘Old Harbour’, lined with warehouses and wharves. I was standing close to the end of Scale Lane – where the new footbridge is to take this picture. There are more boats behind these front four, including I think a couple of the redundant lightships from the Whitton Sands, replaced a year or two earlier by solar-powered unmanned lights.

A crane is mounted on a platform jutting out from one of the warehouses, but I think will no longer have been in use. The river walkway is still there but the varied buildings which made for an interesting townscape have been replaced by an anodyne apartment development, unpleasant though not particularly ugly but lacking in character

From left to right the four boats are named Onward Pioneer, Maureen Anne W, Iveco and a crudely written SFS. The Maureen Anne W was built in 1964 at Hessle or Thorne by Dunston’s as the Hessle Flyer II, used as tranport between their two yards, and renamed Maureen Anne W in 1978. Around 2010 the tarpaulin covered open hold was converted into living accommodation and the wheelhouse rebuilt in Hartlepool.


36i31: Boats in Old Harbour, Myton Bridge and Tidal Barrier, River Hull, 1983 – River Hull


6th August 2017

A man stands on a curious lump in the River Hull looking at the swirling water and I hoped he was not about to jump in. I decided not to follow him out on the rather flimsy looking bridge from the end of Nelson St.

Proba from George Town in the Dry Dock was a sizeable ship of around 1500 tons, around 268ft long and 40 ft wide, a coaster built by Ailsa Perth Shipbuilders at Troon for Wm.Robertson Shipowners Gem Line in 1962 and seemed to pretty well fill the dry dock. I think she was floating when I took this picture and soon to leave to pick up cargo in the King George V dock. She was named Tourmaline until 1982 when she became Proba until 1986, then had a string of names – Fergus H, Socotra, Sorocco and finally in 1993, Akram V, under which name she was converted into a tanker. At the time of the photograph she was owned by Concord Leasing Ltd of Brentford in West London but registered at Georgetown in the Cayman Islands. The ship was stranded off Malaysia in 2009 and is thought to have been broken up at Chittagong in 2011.

The dry dock is now the event venue Stage@TheDock, where the Proms did an afternoon concert last month. I think the stage is actually above the dock, which is still visible at each end. Also last month the Tidal Barrier was one of several building given Grade II listed status.

The bank to the right of the picture is Sammy’s Point and from 1849-1864 the site of Martin Samuelson and Co one of Hull’s best-known shipbuilding yards which built around a hundred iron ships in 10 years and was one of the pioneers in using steel for shipbuilding. It later became a timber yard for Victoria Dock and appears to have a number of buoys stored. This is now the site of Hull’s popular visitor attraction The Deep.

36i35: Mouth of the River Hull, Tidal Barrier and Hull Central Drydock from Nelson St, 1983 – Old Town

7th August 2017

Although there was still some river traffic on the Hull, many of these vessels were apparently moored here awaiting disposal

The Humber Princess, the largest vessel in the picture, moored on the far bank, a 380 ton Oil Products Tanker built in 1979 for John H Whitaker (Tankers) Ltd of Hull (“Industry leaders in bunker logistics for over 120 years”) is apparently still in service, her last reported position in Stanhope Dock, Goole a day ago. She was built just a little upriver in Hull at the Yorkshire Dry Dock.

Some of the other vessels will have been sold and converted into houseboats and others simply broken up.

None of the buildings on the far shore have survived, with the exception of the large light-coloured shed, which I think is still there though rather altered, the premises of John H Whitaker (Holdings) Ltd on Tower St.


36i41: The Old Harbour, River Hull, 1983 – River Hull


8th August 2017

Both the Pease Warehouse, tastefully converted into flats and Drypool Bridge, recently given a paint makeover to celebrate mathematician John Venn, born in Hull but who moved away almost as soon as he could walk, are listed buildings and have survived.

Unfortunately Joseph Rank’s Clarence Mill, rebuilt after wartime bombing was not listed and was demolished early in 2016, despite being one of Hull’s best-known landmarks. A solid building which could well have been converted to other uses – like the warehouse opposite – it was to have been replaced by an ugly hotel in time for Hull’s year as UK CIty of Culture, but that failed to materialise and the site remains empty and the riverside path fenced off. The half of the Rank’s site on the other side of the bridge which was manufacturing animal feed under the trade name Blue Cross still remains, now making shotgun cartridges.


36i55: Drypool Bridge, River Hull and Clarence Flour Mill, 1983 – River Hull

9th August 2017

This was a fairly typical sight in the Old Harbour on the River Hull back in 1983, with barges moored along the wharves at the rear of the High St. On the East bank of the river in front of a sand and gravel wharf is Bowprince, a 1,485 ton suction dredger, built by Ailsa at Troon in 1964 and in 1983 London registerd and owned by British Dredging (Sand & Gravel) Co Ltd. Like so many of the ships in my pictures she came to an unfortunate end; after being sold to Madeira Island in 1991, where her name was changed to Bom Príncipe she sank and was lost there. This was apparently not her first sinking – she had in around 1968 sunk in the Thames above Greenwich after a collision with the coal coaster Blackwall Point.

Gilyott And Scott Ltd were incorporated as a company in 1901 and liquidated around 1993. John Scott was born in Beeford, a village between Bridlington and Hull, in 1827 and was a lighter owner long before the company was formed. For a time the company also operated a fleet of lorries. They were a major owner of tugs and lighters in Hull certainly after 1964 when they brought together the companies of William Gilyott, John A. Scott, T.F. Wood, Furleys and John Deheer.

There were a number of barges in the Poem series, and several others appear in my Hull photos. Twite was one of a class named after bird species.


36i56: Poem 21, Bow Prince and Twite in the Old Harbour, 1983 – River Hull

10th August 2017

The Neptune Inn was first recorded in 1817 and closed in 1979 and was boarded up awaiting demolition – which finally took place a couple of years after I photographed it. The name of the licensee, J A Lancaster was still written above the door which bears the single word ‘BAR’. Previously an older picture by another photographer shows rather more ornate doors on both sides in keeping with the pub frontage.

The pub – taken over from a local brewery chain by Worthingtons in 1897, was known as the ‘Little Neppy’, perhaps not just because of its diminutive size, but also because there was from 1797 a Neptune Hotel in Whitefriargate, built by Hull’s Trinity House for merchants landing at the newly built dock, opened in 1778 and now Queen’s Dock Gardens.

That Georgian building survives, with a blue plaque about its history, though it soon failed as a hotel being too grand and too expensive for Hull, and it was Hull’s Custom House from 1815-1912. Since the 1930s it has been leased by Boots and the staff canteen was in the former Banqueting Hall.

Neptune St is still there, leading to the Albert Dock but I don’t recall where on it this pub once stood. A small and homely pub, it used to be popular, certainly up to the 1970s, being close to the docks, Smith & Nephews, Sanderson’s paint works and various fish dealers.


36k-34: Neptune Pub, Neptune St, 1983 – Hessle Rd


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Hull Photos: 28/7/17-3/8/17

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

A few from Goole as well as some from Hull. Comments welcome on any of these pictures.

28th July 2017

Taken from the swing bridge between Bridge Rd and South Bridge Rd at the entrance to West Dock. Shed 23 has since been demolished. Around the corner is Stanhope Dock, built in 1891 as the ‘New Extension Dock’. The dock had a crane capable of lifting railway wagons and emptying them into the hold of a ship before placing them back on the rails. Now the track ends at Bridge St, and West Dock is the only dock served by rail. At left is the bridge pit.

Berthed in Stanhope Dock is Jurgen, a 444 ton coaster built in Hamburg in 1956 and originally named Heinrich Knuppel; it then became Heinrich Raap in 1966 before being renamed Jurgen in 1966. It had capsized and been written off in 1971 while loading timber in Finland, but was salvaged and back in service the following year for a company registered in Limassol, Cyrpus. Its troubles did not end there and on 5th March 1986 half way between Boston and Antwerp it was in collision with a Yugoslav bulk carrier, MV Kotor in the North Sea around 40 miles off Walcheren Island at the mouth of the Scheldt Estuary. It sank and is still on the sea bottom in around 40 metres of water.


36h51: Shed 23, West Dock Entrance, Goole Docks, 1983 – Goole

29th July 2017

I think this door and windows were facing Bridge St on the west end of Shed 23 which was on the north side of the entrance to West Dock. The reflection in the window shows several cranes and stacks of timber, presumably across the road along the North side of West Dock.


36h52: Detail, Shed 23, West Dock Entrance, Goole Docks, 1983 – Goole

30th July 2017

There is still a ‘Shed 20’ on the south side of West Dock, but it looks nothing like this. Along with most of the other sheds around the docks these old wooden structures have been replaced by more modern sheds. There are now two sheds here, Shed 20 and Shed 21, and I think this view was probably taken from Lower Bridge St and from the same position would now show Shed 21.

In the foreground are two conveyors, presumably used of the bulk handling of solids such as sand or gravel, and behind them a lorry load shrouded in a tarpaulin stencilled ‘Wrights Transport Goole’. Fred Wright started the business in Selby in 1938 and ran it with his brother Charles. It remained a family business, and Graham Wright took over in the 1960s, moving to Goole in 1978, and his two sons worked in the business, which was sold up in 2004 when Graham Wright retired. The auction raised £600,000.


36h64: Shed 20, West Dock from Bridge St, Goole, 1983 – Goole

31st July 2017

A crane holds 4 sacks in mid-air over the hold of the Jurgen berthed in Stanhope DOck in front of Shed 25 while behind 2 men stand waiting on the platform of a lorry. They and the crane-driver are slowly loading or unloading the vessel, and it looks as if the job could take several days. It’s easy to see why containerisation rapidly swept away the old-fashioned ways of handling goods like this – and the modernisation of the docks has meant that the dockside sheds have also gone. The space where Shed 23 was is now empty, while a blander modern structure has replace Shed 25.

The Parish Church of St John the Evangelist is still there – and the very visible lightning conductor going up its spire to the cross on top may well have helped.

Shed 25 replaced the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway “Ghent and Antwerp Shed” and Bergline began working from it in 1972, providing regular freight services to Sweden etc. The company appears now to have disappeared.


36h66: West Dock Entrance, Stanhope Dock, Shed 23 and Shed 25 from West Dock Bridge, 1983 – Goole

1st August 2017

I think I felt that the tilted camera was somehow appropriate for the dilapidated state of the pier when I took this picture.  Or perhaps it was just grabbed rapidly as the seagulls flew off as I approached.

Rather than repairing the pier, a a layer of some kind of board had been nailed over part of it and a fence put up to stop people falling down the gaps outside. It perhaps reflected a general attitude of neglect and half-hearted attention to the heritage of the city.


36i11: Seagulls at Hull Pier, 1983 – Old Town

2nd August 2017

Shifting mud in the River Humber makes navigation tricky and shops require pilots to make a safe passage up the river.  The earliest UK laws about pilots date from around 1200 and members of Hull Trinity House, founded in 1369 were pilots, although it was not until 1512 that they formally undertook to act as pilots to bring ships into Hull.  The Humber Pilot Act of 1800 gave Trinity House the authority to appoint pilots and 30 men working from 6 pilot boats were licenced.

From 1812 to 1998 the Humber pilots worked from a fine purpose-built office at 50 Queen St, but were evicted when this was turned into flats in 1998. In 2001, the independent Humber Pilots went on strike against plans by Associated British Ports (the private company who took over when British Transport Docks Board was privatised in 1982/3) who had decided to train and employ their own pilots. All 150 independent pilots had their licences revoked in 2002 ending 490 years of independent pilotage on the Humber.


36i22:  Pilot boat Camilla waiting at Nelson St, 1983 – Old Town

3rd August 2017

This view of the pilot boat was taken from the Horse Wash at Nelson St. The ‘Oss Wash’ is a wide fairly gently slope down to the river inset into the river wall here where tradesmen would bring their horses to wash them down, presumably drawing water from the Humber using buckets on a rope or even taking them down into the river to wash and then walk back up the wide slope.  I think old photographs show some railings coming out at intervals from the river wall around half way across the wide slope to divide it into a number of stalls, but these had gone.

All ships greater than 60 metres in length are required to take on a pilot to ensure safe passage up the Humber estuary unless the master or first mate is a Pilotage Exemption Certificate Holder. This service, provided from 1512 to 2002 by independent Humber Pilots is now provided by the privatised Associated British Ports. Very Large Ships need two pilots

Fees depend on tonnage, and as an example, for a vessel of up to 300 tons there is a charge for pilotage from Hull to Goole of £267.39 and also a boarding/landing fee of £104.47. Larger vessels pay more.


36i21:  Humber pilot boat Camilla waits off Hull Pier, 1983 – Old Town


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Hull Photos: 14/7/17-20/7/17

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

The previous digest although titled Hull Photos: 5/7/17-12/7/17 actually also included the post for 13/7/17 – just showing I’m not too good at counting! Back to 7 days this time – comments and corrections welcome as always.

14th July 2017

There are around 30 vessels in the Old Harbour on the River Hull, mainly in front of the wharves which are at the back of the High St. What is perhaps shocking is the complete loss of those varied frontages on the left, down as far as the large and ugly block next to Scale Lane Staith. That was one which I would have been happy to lose, but the others in their variety were an important part of the cityscape that has been lost, replaced by the dull Trinity Wharf. It isn’t bad – which might be interesting – but dull and second-rate, clearly an opportunity lost.

Further down things are a little better, though the new is perhaps not always up to the standard of the old, and then, crossing the river we now see a horrible gap, the missing tooth of Clarence Mill, which although solidly re-built after the war to something less than its previous glory was a city landmark and an iconic reminder of Hull’s past and Rank’s pioneering achievements. It could and should have been converted to new use rather than demolished, and its loss is something Hull City planners should never be forgiven for. Fortunately my view in this photograph doesn’t extend to the site of the Holiday Inn.

It is an interesting selection of vessels, including two former lightships, one the Middle Whitton and the other at left looking rather like the Upper Whitton, though it has no visible name on it. These were some of the last manned lightships to be replaced by unmanned floats with solar cells to provide power and had a two man crew who did I think two week shifts. The Whitton sands – between Brough and Whitton across the river were notorious. The Middle Whitton apparently became a houseboat named Audrey and was certainly for some years on the canal at Beverley.


36f14: The Old Harbour, River Hull from Myton Bridge, 1983 – River Hull

15th July 2017

My favourite Hull footpath led across the walkway on the side of this swing bridge over the dock entrance and then between the railings and up the steps from which I took this picture to go along the roofs of the dockside warehouses.

A stern notice on the bridge warns you against entering the bridge when the guard chains are across the bridge approaches – and that you will be prosecuted if you get through under or over the guard chain.

But by this time there were no guard chains across the public footpath, and the flashing lights warning of its opening were of little use if you had already walked past them, and a couple of years before I took this picture, my wife, walking slowly pushing a buggy with my younger son in it was crossing slowly, perhaps having stopped to admire the view, when the bridge began to swing.

It wasn’t at that time a heavily used path, something of a secret known to relatively few who hadn’t worked in the docks, and probably the bridge operators had not thought to check there was nobody already on the bridge when they pressed the button for the lights and then for the bridge to swing.

I can’t recall ever meeting another person when I used the path back in the 1980s, but now it is a highlight of the Trans Pennine Trail, and when I visited it last on a fine day in February there were quite a few locals coming to stop and look at the view and to take photographs as well as several walkers setting out towards Southport, or at least on this section of the long-distance path.

I was rather sorry I wasn’t with her – perhaps it would have been a good photo opportunity – but I had walked a little further on with our elder son, and after a while was beginning to worry what had happened to her, though I think was still more interested in taking pictures.

Of course she wasn’t prosecuted – and I think got an apology for having been put in a not very dangerous situation. But Hull’s relatively new Scale Lane footbridge (built to take you to the Holiday Inn?) riding on the bridge is allowed – apparently when it was built the only such bridge in the world. The opening times – currently once every Saturday and twice on Sundays – are listed on the council web site, and it is one of Hull’s best-hidden tourist attractions. Theoretically it also opens for river traffic, though there is little of this now, and smaller craft can pass under the bridge without needing it to open. I think it has greater river clearance than either Drypool or North Bridges.


36f44: Swing Bridge, Albert Dock entrance lock, 1983 – Docks

16th July 2017

I have struggled to find where I took this picture without being able to definitely place it. The chimney in the background is that of Smith & Nephew, just a little west of Ropery St, south of Hessle Rd. There are still five existing smokehouses in the area, two in Daltry St, one in Ropery St, one in Alfred St and the last in English St, but none appear quite to fit the profile of this one, or to have a roof at the correct angle when viewing the chimney.

Nor can I find any building like the main one in the image, quite distinctive with that cut-away corner and external drainpipes. Above the lorry entrance is the name, its start and probably end missing ‘istocrat FOOD’. There was a company listed as ‘Aristocrat Foods Ltd’ but it was in Bransholme. The building at right has a sign too, though again only a part is visible, with the logo ‘nexem’ or ‘nekem’. Surprisingly there is (or was) a Nekem Ltd in Hull, but in a different area with a different logo. Neither does the incomplete name ‘J Stanley Hol’ yield me any clues – though I’m sure there will be someone from Hull able to recognise the location.

Other images taken before and after this are in the I think it likely that the smokehouse and the rest have been demolished and replaced by other buildings. The location that seems most likely is on Edgar St at the corner of Mechanics Lane.


36f61: Works and Smokehouse, possibly Edgar St, 1983 – Hessle Rd

17th July 2017

Obviously the name St Mark’s Square was a part of its attraction to me, but this was also an important site in the growth of Hull, the centre of Hull’s first out of town suburban development by Thomas English, a wealthy local shipbuilder in the first decade of the nineteenth century in an area then known as the Pottery Ground, south of the Hessle Rd. The square was then an open area surrounded by houses, but I could see no trace of that.

The cobbled area at the right and the high brick wall of an industrial building with above it the chimneys and cowls of a fish smokehouse are St Mark’s Square, and Clyens & Son Monumental Masons where two men are enjoying a break at 36 St James St. This is the best of three pictures I took with them in it.

The buildings and the cobbles are still there, though altered. The smokehouse has lost its chimneys and been capped with a roof, while the entrance in which the two men are sitting has been replaced by a wider shuttered opening. The name board has gone and a notice on the side of the building now has an arrow pointing to Wyke Electrical Controls. A faded notice for the yard behind reads J A Lorrimar & Co., Weighing Machine & Slicing Machine Specialists – Food Preparation Equipment, and the whole area was and is a maze of small industrial premises. The was still a board reading Clyens & Son Monumental Masons when Google Streetview first photographed the area in 2008, but the company is no longer at 36 St James Street, but at premises off the Hedon Rd in East Hull.


36f65: Clyens & Son Monumental Masons and St Mark’s Square, 1983 – Hessle Rd

18th July 2017

Still a familiar view, although Pauls has Changed to maizecor and that tall square brick chimney has disappeared.

I was for a while puzzled by the raised section of pavement here but much of Hull is subject to occasional flooding. The low brick wall at right of the picture is I think were the Cottingham Drain went under the road. This was culverted ten or more years before I took this picture, although at least until recently there was a little muddy area visible on that side of the road. The course of the drain through Hull can easily be seen, with a roadway, cycle path or footpath alongside most or all of its course – and the end of the footpath can be seen here running along the side of the building complex.

This area, where the Cottingham and Beverley & Barmston (‘Barmy’) drain enter the Hull is known as ‘High Flags’ and although this is often thought to refer to large paving stones on the nearby wharf where whale oil drums were handled, I wonder if it could simply have been a reference to this causeway needed along an often flooded section of road. High Flags Mill, a Grade II listed Oil Mill built around 1856 is a short distance to the north. Originally operated by Chambers and Fargus it was Hull’s last expelling mill when it closed in 1991.


36g11: Wincolmlee, looking south towards Pauls Agriculture Ltd, 1983 – River Hull

19th July 2017

Another Chambers and Fargus mill on the east side of the Hull immediately below Scott St Bridge. This picture is taken from close to the bridge looking roughly south down-river. It still looks much the same, and is still busy, though now for Finlays, tea and coffee importers.

On the right bank, only the closest building on Wincolmlee still stands, and, in the far distance, North Bridge and the former ship’s warehouse next to it. Further down, Clarence Mill and the sites along Wincolmlee stood completely empty with just a little rubble when I walked past earlier this year.

Gino of Rochester, berthed at the mill was a general cargo coaster, originally called Ambience and built in Hull at the Drypool Engineering and Drydock Co, a ship repair company founded in 1921 by the Rix family which was liquidated in 1975, when two of its drydocks were sold to the Yorkshire Drydock Co of Hull; she became Gino in 1982. Gross weight 391 tons she was eventually sold to Qatar (along with apparently most of the UK) but unfortunately sank after breaking tow in Qatar in 1997.


36g14: River Hull, view downstream from beside Scott St Bridge, 1983 – River Hull

20th July 2017

The Whalebone Inn has gone up in the world without losing it’s unique character since I took this picture, and is now described as Yorkshire’s hidden gem and was Hull and East Yorkshire CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2014 and 2015.

The ramshackle lean to at right disappeared years ago leaving a small open yard. The pub has its main frontage on Wincolmlee, which is around three times as wide but was also in fairly poor shape back in 1983. Then it rather seemed the sort of pub you would only enter with backup, but it is now far more welcoming.

This area, some distance north of the old city of Hull once used to be known as Wapping, probably meaning it was marshy, and streams and dykes have run through here to the River Hull since medieval times. The inn is said to date from 1791, but has had a few updates since, and the buildings look basically early nineteenth century, when it had a brewery opposite and another a few yards down Lincoln St, with three more only a little further distant and from 2003 to 2015 it had its own micro-brewery next door. The windows seem to date from a makeover in the Art Deco years of the 1920s and 30s. Paul Gibson has written a detailed account of what is know about this and other pubs in the area on his Hull and East Yorkshire History site.

A reviewer on Pubs galore describes the Whalebone Inn at length, including “The whole pub is an absolute mine of memorabilia, the highlight of which, for me, was the many wonderful black and white photos of old Hull pubs, many no doubt long since gone, most of which have a handwritten note detailing the pub’s name and location.” You could probably spend a few weeks inside looking at all of the objects and photographs while steadily working through the range of real ales.


36g24: Whalebone Inn, Lincoln St entrance, 1983 – River Hull


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Hull Photos: 6/7/17-13/7/17

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Finally more or less up to date with the digests from my image a day Hull2017 UK City of Culture project – though you can see the new pictures every day and see them with my comments on my Facebook page – details at the end of this post.


6th July 2017

Here and for the next few pictures I have to apologise, for these are not pictures of Hull but of Goole, upstream and on the other side of the river, not on the Humber but on the Ouse, though at least in the East Riding. Goole is the UK’s most inland port, 50 miles from the sea and close to the industrial areas of Yorkshire with good canal links, as well as rail and now motorway connections.

Timber, shown in this picture still comes into Goole, largely from Russia and the Baltic States, Finland, and Sweden, and is still handled here in West Dock.

In the background at right we see Goole’s iconic (if anything at Goole can be iconic) landmarks, the listed ‘salt and pepper pots’, both water towers, and this view is from Lower Bridge St and the ship is in West Dock.


36d22: Timber wharf and ‘Salt and Pepper Pots’, Lower Bridge St, Goole, 1983 – Goole

7th July 2017

The two water towers are still a notable landmark for some miles around, and the buildings to the left of the railway line still stand, but there is now no level crossing and the buildings at the right have gone.

Both water towers are grade II listed. The more slender brick tower dates from 1885 and is approximately 43 metres high and 10 metres in diameter. It is no longer in use. It was replaced by its fatter neighbour, diameter 27.5m, height 44m, completed in 1927 with a capacity of 750,000 gallons. It was claimed to be the largest structure of its type in Europe when built for Goole Urban District Council.


36d24: ‘Salt and Pepper Pots’, Lower Bridge St, Goole, 1983 – Goole

8th July 2017

I think these steps were up to Bridge St from the dock side, and that they are now closed to the public. But Goole has changed considerably since I was there. I think the only map I will have had would have been a 1:50,000 OS map, borrowed from my local library, which at that time showed no rights of way and of course had no street names. So I simply followed what seemed an obvious route and was fortunate it took me to a footpath around the docks.

Things are rather easier now – Goole even has an online electronic interactive town guide and a conservation area guide, as well as the Yorkshire Waterways Museum and an art trail. My mother-in-law in Hull thought I was mad to visit Goole back then, but then she thought I was mad to photograph the parts of Hull I did.


36d32: Steps, Bridge St, Goole, 1983 – Goole

9th July 2017

No 1 shed was built in 1933 next to Barge Dock, Goole. Quite why someone has painted ‘Sleepy Hollow’, well before the film or TV series I don’t know, though it was probably a good description of the place.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was a short story by Washington Irving, first published in 1820 (though his Rip Van Winkle was more popular.) It’s a story including a headless horseman set in a Dutch settlement (perhaps there is some connection with the Dutch River just a few yards away) in New York State who is possibly one of the two male contestants for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, riding with a pumpkin for a head on his saddle, and is popular at Halloween. There were a couple of US TV adaptions of the story in 1970 and 1980 but I doubt if they made it to Goole and the story wasn’t popular outside the USA.


36d41: No. 1. Shed, South St, Goole, 1983 – Goole

10th July 2017

There appears to be some lettering on the bow of the barge in the foreground, but I cannot make it out. Behind it are ‘Alison’ and ‘Claire’ both Goole barges.

Barge Dock was one of the original docks when the port as opened in 1826 and is now connected to the River Ouse by Ocean Lock, built 1938 and the largest in the docks.

The pub on South St, here T.C.’s Bar, is still standing and one of very few pubs on the docks still open as The Middlehouse.


36d45: No 1 Shed, Barge Dock and South St, Goole, 1983 – Goole

11th July 2017

Back in 1626 by King Charles I of England employed Sir Cornelius Vermuyden to drain one of his favourite hunting grounds, Hatfield Chase, as he was fed up with his horses getting stuck in the mud. The River Don flowed through and too often over the area, and at first this was diverted to flow into the RIver Aire rather than the Trent. But this still flooded and a new channel, the Dutch River was dug to take the river into the Ouse at Goole and was completed in 1635.

It wasn’t dug for navigation, but was used by boats despite various problems with shoals, bridges and low water at some tides. But since 1905 when the New Junction Canal from Stainforth to the Aire and Calder Navigation west of Goole was opened has almost entirely been a drainage channel.

The building of the Dutch River marked the start of Goole, but it was the arrival of the Aire and Calder Navigation in 1826 that really began the town as it is today, with its major trade being the export of coal from the West Riding to the continent. With the opening of railways – the Wakefield, Pontefract and Goole Railway in 1848 (later Lancashire and Yorkshire) connecting Goole with the West Riding and rather later in 1870 the Doncaster to Hull line of the NER – the port really took off. The port remained busy until the end of much of Yorkshire’s industry and coal mining at the end of the 1970s, and was at a fairly low ebb in the 1980s when I took these pictures.

The terrace of houses is still there on the Swinefleet Road. A few more pictures from Goole in a week or two.


36d51: The Dutch River from Vermuyden Terrace, Goole, 1983 – Goole

12th July 2017

The block of concrete is still there at the end of Ann Watson St, along with three of the wooden posts but little of the rest of the scene remains. At extreme right is the back of The Ship pub, and though the closer storage tanks have gone there are still some in the middle distance – and possibly some of the same distant riverside sheds.

This is close to where the ferry from which Stoneferry got its name used to cross the River Hull. The current pub dates from 1932, but it replaced an earlier ‘Ship Inn’ on the riverbank probably since the 17th century.

Not a lot is known about the life of Mrs Ann Watson, the widow of Reverend Abraham Watson but her will in 1720 left a legacy to provide her house in Stoneferry to provide accommodation and relief to widows or unmarried daughters of Church of England Clergymen and to to provide a school for poor girls as well as a grant of £5 towards the maintenance of any scholar of Halsham School in Holderness to go to Oxford University, all from the income from her farm lands, houses and tenements. These were obviously extensive, and included five fields to the north of Holderness Road which were sold to the Hull Urban Sanitary Authority for £16,909.7s.6d in 1884 to form part of East Park and also land sold for the track of the Hull to Hornsea Railway.

Ann Watson’s Charity continues to this day to provide accommodation and relief in need for poor women who are members of the Church of England, with preference being given to such persons who are widows or unmarried daughters of clergymen of the Church of England and to promote the education of persons under the age of 25 who are residents of or attend schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire. In 1907 Hospital Lane in Hull where Ann Watson’s alms house formerly stood was renamed Ann Watson Street.

To the north of Ann Watson St was HOMCO (the Hull Oil Manufacturing Co., Ltd.) founded in 1888 was one of the first uses of solvent extraction for oil seed processing. They were an early processor of castor oil and a soap manufacturer and were acquired by BOCM in 1922 and closed in 1953. The sign on the fence says ‘Matches & Lighters Strictly forbidden past this point, so the site here was presumably storing highly flammable materials. This site is now occupied by the Regroup (UK) Ltd oil waste disposal and re-cycling. To the north-west was a paint works, Hangers Paints, with its entrance in West Carr Lane, which I think is probably the tall building on the riverbank.

Behind me as I took the picture was the site of the General Extracting Co., opened in 1896 and bought up in 1904 by Joseph Rank. It became the Premier Oil Extracting Mills Ltd. and in 1919 was amalgamated into Premier Oil and Cake Mills Ltd and closed around 1971. There was a short branch railway line to the mill from Stoneferry Goods Station across Stoneferry Road, which was a branch from the Hull to Hornsea line. The mill is long gone and the site now occupied by B&Q.


36e35: River Hull and Ann Watson St, 1983 – River Hull

13th July 2017

South of Stoneferry Bridge is the Isis Mill, a Grade II listed building still standing (and mentioned in earlier posts.) The string of six barges gives an indication of the importance of the River Hull for transport, and beyond them a larger vessel (its name unfortunately not legible) is moored at the wharf, either at Croda’s Isis Mill or just past it at Reckitt’s ultramarine factory with its tall chimney in Morley St.

The silo and the buildings to its left are still there, but beyond it only the now unused chimney still stands. The sheds across the river with a Michelin advert on them also remain in what is now called Innovation Drive.


36e36: River Hull south of Stoneferry Bridge, 1983 – River Hull


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Hull Photos: 29/6/17-5/7/17

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Still catching up…


29th June 2017

This fish smokehouse is still in Subway St, though a little altered is readily recognisable. It and the premises on both sides of the entry were then the premises of G Hannath, now they have boards for Transfish Seafoods, Tudor Fisheries and J Laughton Fish Merchant.

The Hull ‘Local Listing’ notes it as “Distinctive and once commonplace Hull building type, now rare. One of only 9 surviving examples. Important reminder of Hull’s once great fishing and fish-processing industries and a significant contributor to local distinctiveness.”

Although the writer of that note obviously recognised their significance, the fact that only nine remain, and the condition of some of them are a reflection of a lack of general interest by the council over the years in Hull’s heritage. It is also interesting that the nine are only on the local list and not a single example is on the national list.


36c12: Smokehouse, Subway St, 1983 – Hessle Rd

30th June 2017

Much of the area between Hessle Rd and the docks had been flattened, leaving just a few of the older small factories, works and commercial premises but laying flat all of the working class housing. In its place came large and largely anonymous sheds such as this – which I am unable to positively identify. Almost certainly it will have altered considerably since 1983.

Clearly much of the housing was in poor condition, and some had been badly built in the first place, and the crowded area between the Hessle Rd and the docks needed dealing with, but I can’t help feeling it could have been done so much better than this wholesale mess.


36c24: Redevelopment, off Hessle Rd, 1983 – Hessle Rd

1st July 2017

Rose Downs & Thompson (now De Smet Rosedowns Limited) specialized in the manufacture of oil-milling machinery, supplying one of Hull’s major industries. Founded in 1777 it is still in Cannon St, Hull but supplies presses around the world for the oilseed and rendering industries and is a part of the Desmet Ballestra Group. Founded as ‘Old Foundry’ by John Todd, its early products included cannons (some of which were in use at Waterloo) and parts for windmills and it also became a ship chandlery. According to Grace’s Guide the company installed its first hydraulic press for linseed by 1820.

Christiana Rose, a daughter of one of the original partners Duncan Campbell, inherited the company in 1840, employing 50 men at the works in Sculcoates. In 1859 she took on James Downs as her manager and the company began to specialise in oil seed crushing machinery. Downs was made a partner and the company became Rose and Downs in 1871, the year than Christiana Rose died. Her grandson John Campbell Thompson joined the company in 1874 and it became Rose, Downs and Thompson. The company was bought by the Power-Gas Corporation in 1951 and passed through several other hands before becoming De Smet Rosedowns.

The lorry gate and wall are still there on Bridlington Ave, a little south of the junction with Cannon St, but the building behind, with its gable with ‘R D & T LTD’ on it disappeared a few years ago – and that empty noticeboard along with its small grass area and tree at the edge of the car park went some time earlier.


36c43: Rose Downs & Thompson, Bridlington Ave, 1983 – Beverley

2nd July 2017

The large building in the background on the other side of the River Hull is clearly still present on Wincolmlee, just to the north of the junction with Oxford St – and it has a similar pattern of three vertical slots – perhaps for ventilation – on the street side. A board on the wall on its left there is for Humber Fabrications (Hull) Ltd, who appear to be based in other sites on Wincolmlee and were founded some years after I took this picture.

Lime Street is quite close to the river here, and I think this picture was probably made from the road with my lens poking through the fence or through an open gate where Lime Street meets Eagle Terrace. Or I may have been able to wander a little closer. The site is now part of IBL Liquids.

The oil drums are all clearly labelled but even for those I can read offer no information of interest to me, though I can make out the word ‘OIL’ on the side of one of them. The vessel is clearly of some size, but unfortunately the name on its lifeboat is obcsured, though it appears to start ‘HAM’.

There is a large storage tank at left – still there – but that across the river has gone, along with what looks like pile of timber on a wharf opposite.


36c51: Ship and Oil Drums, Lime St, 1983 – River Hull

3rd July 2017

Google Streetview from July 2008 shows just a huge pile of bricks and rubble where the factory building on the right was when I took this picture, though the high brick wall with its peeling sign for H&L Vehicles – M.O.T Testing – Repairs – Welding – Services on the north side of Chapman St is still there, along with the metal fence and gates on New Cleveland St. The mill was demolished by a careful series of explosions in September 2007.

This was the Swan Flour Mills, Sculcoates Bridge, originally built in 1897 for Rishworth, Ingleby & Lofthouse Ltd and expanded the following year with the silo added in 1906, but almost entirely destroyed by wartime bombing in March 1941. In 1921 the company became part of Spillers. The mill was rebuilt after the war in a rather more plain style with a reinforced concrete silo beyond the brick building, which at 149 ft was one of Hull’s taller buildings. Beyond that the lower buildings are I think a part of the British Cocoa Mills (Hull) Ltd.

Lee Shore, a general cargo coaster of around 299 gross tons was built in 1954 by Büsumer Schiffswerft W. & E. Sielaff in Büsum in North Germany and went through a succession of owners and names: (1954) Labor Et Fides; (1964) Jutta Brey; (1980) Hubert; (1983) Delta Lady; before she became Lee Shore, owned by Corolan Maritme Ltd, registered in Gibraltar in 1983. A fire at Hull destroyed her wheelhouse in 1984 and in 1986 she became the NORDICA STAR and in 1990 her last name change to MILLSUPPLIER. After being abandoned when the engine room flooded in the North Sea in December 1990 she was towed to Lowestoft, and in 1994 was laid up in Rotterdam and presumably broken up.

The ship was 135 ft long and around 27 ft wide and fully loaded needed about 11 ft of water and was certainly one of the larger vessels I noted this far up the River Hull.


36c52: Lee Shore moored at Spillers mill, River Hull, 1983 – River Hull

4th July 2017

Most of this picture – the Lee Shore and the Spillers Mill at right is described in the previous post. I can see no name on the vessel at left, which appears to be a coaster of a similar size.

The low buildings are the extreme left are now the Hull Microfirms Centre on Wincolmlee, but the taller buildings where the ship is moored are at around 308 Wincolmlee have gone. I think these were a part of the Wincolmlee Oil & Cake Mill, on Wincolmlee just to the north of the Sculcoates Bridge works of John Hamilton & Co.

Hull was one of the largest centres of the oil crushing industry in the world, from around 1500 with linseed from Russia, but later with other crops including soya, cottonseed, rape, castor, palm kernels, ground nuts, sunflower seeds and more from Argentina, Egypt, India, Cyprus, the Caribbean and elsewhere, particularly across the British Empire.


36c54: River Hull upstream from Sculcoates Bridge, 1983 – River Hull


5th July 2017

This selection of pipes and chimneys was on somewhere on Lime Street, running roughly parallel to the east of the River Hull, with wharves and factories supplied by the river between. Apart from the drainpipe, the pipes are well-lagged, suggesting they carried wither steam or liquids at high temperature. I was particularly interested in the shadow of the pipe, and its shadow within another shadow, which creates a slight spatial disjunction in the lower left quarter of the image.

Most of Hull’s early industries developed around the River Hull, based on whaling and on agricultural crops brought up-river, coming both from across the Humber and from across the North Sea.

I don’t think this building or the pipes remain, though I can recall exactly where it was, probably not far from the crossroads with Jenning St.


36c66: Pipes and chimneys, Lime St, 1983 – River Hull


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Hull Photos: 22/6/17-28/6/17

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Another week of posts – still catching up.


22nd June 2017

Another view looking down Queen’s Terrace towards Tunis St, eight months after my previous picture, shows more properties sealed with corrugated iron awaiting demolition and a dramatic increase in the amount of graffiti on the gable end. The wicket is still there, but clearly the paint spray has arrived in Hull.

Most of the property between Sculcoates Lane and Tunis St was demolished shortly after I took this picture, though the houses across the end on Tunis St remain.


34i44: Queen’s Terrace and Tunis St, Sculcoates Lane, 1983- Beverley Rd

23rd June 2017

I’m disappointed that I missed the siege of Wyndham Street, one of the more colourful events in Hull’s recent history. As this and another picture shows, I was there just a few months before it began, photographing these US military vehicles of the Northern Allied-Axis Society in the street and Melbourne Terrace. Had I known what was about to happen I would have taken more than the three pictures I did.

Barry Nuttall was a 38 year-old who lived in Melbourne Terrace with a wife and 7 kids and his passion was military re-enactment, using old US Army vehicles and uniforms and giving displays that raised thousands for local charities. He was the self-proclaimed Major General and had an army of around a dozen officers and men (at least one of whom was a woman.)

When the council decided to carry out a comprehensive redevelopment of the whole Argyle St area in 1979 the residents set up a campaign for refurbishment rather than demolition, but unfortunately the council wasn’t ready to listen. Eventually everyone moved out except Nuttall, who decided the compensation they were offering to home owners wasn’t enough and refused to move. There were stand-offs with police and bailiffs against his army defending his property making use of their military equipment and uniforms, which drew in reporters from the nationals and made headlines.

The battle dragged on for a month, but eventually the council were able to enforce a compulsory purchase order and sent in the bulldozers, but that wasn’t the end of Nuttall’s fight. He and his supporters used the rubble they left to build a fort, which they defended for the next three years, with huge support from the community who brought in supplies.

Eventually the police responded with a siege, refusing to let in supplies or to allow anyone who left the site – where there was no gas, water or electricity – back in, but resistance and support continued and it was three years before Nuttall finally quit in 1986. During those three years he was said to have only left the site twice, once to take a petition to Parliament in London and the second to marry his second wife – when Hull singing star Joe Longthorne lent him his Cadillac for the occasion.

One of Hull’s great characters, Nuttall died in 2011


34i52: Northern Allied-Axis Society vehicles, Wyndham St, 1983 – Argyle St

24th June 2017

I have to admit that I took this one mainly for its name, Marshall St. It’s a fairly ordinary street off west from Newland Avenue next to the old primary school, now converted into flats, built in 1896 for the Hull School Board (with a larger senior school behind added in 1900) shortly after these streets just south of the railway bridge. The development was in land left after the Hull & Barnsley railway was completed in 1885.

The school creates a slightly unusual road pattern for Hull, with a road on each side of it – this and Reynoldson St – running parallel well past the end of the school site and then sweeping around to meet in the middle, with Reynoldson St then continuing straight on to make the shape of the streets like a tuning fork (a two-pronged fork). The street ended at the Cottingham drain and is still a cul-de-sac for cars, though on foot you can walk along the now-culverted drain (Jack Kaye Walk) to either Ella St or under the Hull & Barnsley line to Goddard Ave. There are no ‘terraces’ off the two ‘prongs’ of the fork, while the ‘handle’ has six to the north and four to the south.

When I last looked, this corner was still very much as it is in this picture, except there are now rather more vehicles parked most of the time.


34i56: Marshall St, 1983 – Springbank

25th June 2017

Another picture of the site where Major General Barry Nuttall made his stand against demolition of his home together with his colleagues in a few months after I took this picture, resisting demolition for a month, then building a fortress from the rubble and defending it against a police siege for three years. See my previous post for more detail.

Unfortunately I didn’t go this way again for some years, perhaps because most of the area was a giant building site. I think that the Hull Daily Mail had stopped reporting it by the time I was next in Hull.


34i66: Northern Allied-Axis Society vehicles, Wyndham St & Melbourne Grove, 1983 – Argyle St

26th June 2017

Somewhere in my wanderings between Freehold St and Cranborne St, off to the north of Springbank I came across this terrace with a rather curious entrance, what looks rather like a rustic aviary.

Much of the area was then laid out with streets with slightly larger houses than many in Hull and without terraces. More or less the only ones that remain are on Mayfield St, but none seem to look like this one – even without the structure across the front.

It seems to be a double terrace, with four houses on each side and then a wall separating it from a similar terrace from the next street. The houses look in decent condition and are all occupied. Perhaps someone who lived in the area in 1983 will recognise it.

34j25: Terrace, Springbank area, 1983 – Springbank

27th June 2017

The Kenfig, a grab hopper dredger built in 1954 by Henry Scarr Ltd of Hessle for the British Transport Docks Board at Port Talbot. It was one of the dredgers used to clear the passage into Humber Dock for the Marina, and in 1983 was bought by Jones & Bailey Contractors Ltd of Hull who renamed her Hedon Sand in 1984. Around 5 years later she was scrapped at New Holland.

Kenfig was moored just a little upstream of Drypool Bridge on the River Hull for most of the 1980s, seldom if ever moving.


35y14: Kenfig above Drypool Bridge, River Hull, 1983 – River Hull

28th June 2017

Some of my contact sheets of films taken back in the 80s present a number of mysteries, and this was one of them. There are 35 pictures from a single film in six strips of six (with one blank) on the contact sheet in the order in which they were taken, and helpfully I’ve added brief locations to some of them – normally indicating when I’ve moved to a different street or place. The first five pictures in Hull are followed by a single image of the Ropery at Barton upon Humber and the remainder of the film was taken in Hull.

The next nine pictures are of sites I photographed on other occasions and know the exact location, but then come three of a pattern of windows etc on a wall which I labelled ‘Off Hedon Rd’ but almost certainly I had confused with that other H, Holderness Rd. Where I took the next two, one of which shows a gate into a large and fairly empty industrial yard with a sign on it pointing to ‘Beach and Cliff Walk’ is anyone’s guess, though it must have been someone’s idea of a joke.

The next frame is looking upstream along the River Hull from Sculcoates Bridge and is followed by today’s picture labelled Wincolmlee and then several labelled Stepney Lane.

From this, I guessed that this picture was made on Wincolmlee somewhere between Chapman St and Fountain Rd, but when I walked along there a few months ago it was nowhere to be seen. Google Streetview on this road goes back to July 2008, and taking a virtual walk then the facade, though much altered, leapt out at me.

The blocked doorway now had a door in it, smaller and blue and wooden, and a ventilator had been added in the wall to its left, but it was clearly the same – and in 2008 had a large notice ‘Barker & Patterson Fabricators – Mild – Stainless Steel & Aluminium – Structural Steelwork & Engineering Services, along with another from Scots property company announcing the c.5,900 sq ft site was now for sale due to relocation – and a quick Google found B&P now in nearby Oxford St.

In 2017 it is now Fox Precision Engineering Ltd, and looking rather different to the old facade shown here, which has been completely cladded. Had I stepped back across the road for an image showing the building as a whole it would however have still been recognisable. The site extends to York St which Fox list as their address. This building had also been Barker & Paterson’s ‘back door’.

There remains the mystery of a name on the blocked letterbox in this picture. Looking at the full size image I can see parts of the letters ‘EDWAR’ at its start, probably ‘Edward’ or ‘Edwards’. It would be interesting to know what this building, with its rather grand doorway whose remains attracted my interest was originally built as, but I can tell you no more. It was a surface that seemed to tell a story but one I’m still unable to reveal. And perhaps it’s better that way.

Streetview, usually unreliable on such things, tells me the address is 297 Wincolmlee.


35y35: Frontage around 297 Wincolmlee, 1983 – River Hull


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Hull Photos: 15/6/17-21/6/17

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

I’ve got rather behind on posting these digests from my image a day Hull2017 UK City of Culture project – too much happening elsewhere – though I have so far managed to post a new picture every day. Purists might object that some the more recent ones have been of Goole, but these are all of Hull. I’ll try and catch up over the next few days. As usual, comments and corrections on pictures and my text welcome.


15th June 2017

I have only the vaguest idea where this photograph was taken, but think it was somewhere on or near Charles St where considerable clearance was taking place for the building of Freetown Way which opened in 1986.

I was intrigued by the sun ray pattern of the sheets of material covering the window and the top half of the right hand door. There was what appeared to be an opening in section at the right of the window, which was now part covered by a strange structure of boards with four planks fixed on top, joined with gaps at the corners by metal straps.

It seemed too that the door had been fully covered, but the bottom section torn off, taking a little of the top too. It was all something of a puzzle, if inconsequential.

Though I also photographed this in colour where the oranges and yellows and red brick add to the impression of warmth and sun, I think I prefer the more austere pattern of this black and white image. I am currently scanning many of my colour images (there were around 40 in the 1983 Ferens show) though I haven’t yet managed to find all of those I took and will add some to the web site later.


34g62: Property awaiting demolition in the Charles St area, 1983 – City Centre

16th June 2017

This was taken close to the railway line somewhere near the end of Gladstone St, and that the yard is probably now a part of the large car park between there and Argyle St, and where I was standing is probably now on the edge of the landing ground for the Air Ambulance helicopter. The tall modern building of Hull Royal Infirmary and the older building on the left with a chimney showing behind the right-hand tower indicate the location fairly precisely.

It was perhaps fortunate that the hospital was so close, as this was obviously a dangerous place, with the welcoming notice on the gate ‘KEEP OUT – ANYONE FOUND IN HERE WILL BE SHOT’ with a double underline under that last word. Usually Hull is a very friendly place and this came as something of a shock.


34h15: ‘KEEP OUT – ANYONE FOUND IN HERE WILL BE SHOT’, Gladstone St area, 1983- Argyle

17th June 2017

Ellerman’s Wilson Line ceased trading in 1973, ten years before I took this picture on Bishop Lane Staithe, reached through an archway from High St. The site has changed rather since I took this picture – the gates and the building to their left are gone completely and that at the back of the small enclosed yard has lost those small windows, replaced rather more and larger ones, nicely in keeping with the building, though some of the brickwork doesn’t quite fit in.

The stone plaque under the window at right seems rather worn and I can’t quite make out what it is from my picture. It appears to have a shield of some sort on it and the listing text says it has the date 1655, though the warehouse, now flats was rebuilt around 1800. The building in the centre of the picture is also I think listed and dates from 1829, but only the river and High Street frontage are of any visual interest.


34h61: Ellermans Wilson Line Bishops Warehouse, 1983 – Old Town

18th June 2017

I took several pictures walking along the disused Hull Barnsley and West Riding Junction Railway and Dock Company (later it became the Hull & Barnsley) railway embankment which opened in 1885 which ran into Cannon St station, looking down onto the tightly packed terraces. Cannon St was Hull terminus of the Hull & Barnsley Railway, which was originally intended to run closer to the city centre to Charlotte St or Kingston Square, but the company ran out of money. It site on Cannon St is now occupied by the Motor Vehicle department of Hull College, and only some of its gates remain. The station closed in 1924 after the railway which had just been bought by its rival the NER ( North Eastern Railway) became part of the newly re-grouped LNER and all passenger services ran into Hull Paragon.

Although my contact sheets show the location Bridlington Avenue, a long and winding street that in part runs parallel to the former track, looking at maps from the era convinces me that these pictures were takin a little further north, looking down on the terraces off of Fleet St. This fits better with my contact sheet of the whole film which shows me before this photographing on Sculcoates Lane and afterwards going down Stepney Lane. Clinching the matter in the full size version above the rooftops at the left the dome of Beverley Rd Baths can be seen.

This was clearly a densely packed area about to be cleared, with virtually all properties empty and nothing that was there then remains. This and the few other pictures give a good impression of the dense packing of houses with the terrace system with each house having a small yard with an outside lavatory. A narrow alley in the middle of this picture led to the back gates to these yards. A second picture (click ‘Next’) shows the view from just a few feet to the right.


34i11: Fleet St and terraces from the Hull & Barnsley embankment, 1983 – Beverley Rd


34i26: Fleet St and terraces from the Hull & Barnsley embankment, 1983 – Beverley Rd

19th June 2017

Another picture from the disused Hull & Barnsley embankment, looking down along one of the terraces to Fleet St. Around half the houses in the terrace are already emptied and their ground floor bay windows covered with corrugated iron to prevent squatting.

Telephone wires run to virtually every house in the picture. Thanks to Hull Corporation running its own telephone system, almost every house had a telephone, though many of these would have been shared ‘party’ lines, where when you picked up the phone to make a call you would often hear your shared subscriber already using the line – and could either listen in or, as you were expected to do, put down the receiver and try again later. Local calls were untimed – and for 2p you could talk for hours, and people did. Some of those who grew up in Hull still do!

Along the bottom of the image is a typical railway fence with its close solid wood posts.


34i24: Fleet St and terraces from the Hull & Barnsley embankment, 1983 – Beverley Rd

20th June 2017

The off-licence is still there on the SW corner of Nicholson St and Sculcoates Lane, now calling itself Sculcoates News and no longer part of the Bass Charrington empire which no longer exists, selling off all its pubs in 1997.

That loyal flag celebrating the Queens Silver Jubilee is also long gone – and I think was already a little faded when I took the picture.

Also gone is the doorway at the left, but the rest of the surroundings remain more or less as they were in 1983, for a few hundred yards down Nicholson St, some of the streets off it and those to the north of Sculcoates Lane. Somewhere around here the Corporation bulldozers ran out of steam, though not before they had destroyed much that could have been better given new life rather than demolished.


34i32: Off Licence, Nicholson St corner of Sculcoates Lane, 1983- Beverley

21st June 2017

I think that this blocked up window was next to the site of the railway bridge which carried the old Hull & Barnsley Railway across Sculcoates Lane. I can’t remember for sure if that bridge was still there in 1983, and can find no record of when it was demolished. Although passenger traffic on this branch to Cannon St ended in 1924, the line was only closed for goods in 1968, and the bridge was still there when I first walked along this road in the early 1970s.

Certainly the embankment leading to the bridge was still there – and I think is what can be seen on the right of this frame. Later much of it was removed to make a gentle slope up from the road.

Later the embankment was removed on both sides of Sculcoates Lane, probably to make the former rail line more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.

I’ve no real idea either what kind of ‘REPAIRS’ once went on inside these premises, which look like a later single storey addition to a larger building which can be glimpsed at top left, in what looks like older and less regular brick. Memory, so often fallible, suggests it was a cobbler.


34i35: Repairs, Sculcoates Lane area, 1983 – Beverley


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