Hull Photos: 16/2/17-22/2/17

The posts last week were rather more difficult than usual as I spent most of the week in Hull, making pictures for a new project, and the software on my notebook made rather a mess of editing the files. And it didn’t help that I had forgotten to put the file with my notes about the pictures on to the memory stick… But I hope things are back to normal now.

16 February 2017

Another view of the tenfoot, with Essex Street crossing it in the foreground. Unusually this image also includes a person, though rather in the distance; at the time I tended to avoid people in the pictures of buildings and places, regarding them as sometimes diverting attention from the subject.

28k24: Tenfoot, near end of Essex St, Gipsyville, 1981 – Hessle Rd

17 February 2017

A portrait format view of Cawoods from the end of Essex St, which I think was the view selected for the National Building Record.


28k26: Cawoods, Essex St, Gipsyville, 1981 – Hessle Rd

18 February 2017

Trend had I think been a shop selling Ladies Fashion, but by the time I took this picture appears to have moved to premises closer to the centre of town at 274 Hessle Rd, opposite Eton St. It appears to be no longer trading, though is still listed at that address in some internet directories, both as selling ladies clothing and also as a hairdresser.

28k36: Trend, Hessle Rd/Dorset St, 1981 – Hessle Rd
19 February 2017

This was a five storey warehouse at the north end of the Pease Warehouses that had been largely destroyed by fire. It was about to be rebuilt and, along with the rest of the warehouses turned into flats in 1981. The warehouses date from around 1750 and were Grade II listed in 1952.

Robert Pease and his family fled Hull at the restoration of the monarch in 1660 to escape religious persecution as they were Puritans and settled in Amesterdam, where his businesses prospered and his son Robert married into one of the wealthiest banking families there, the Cliffords. In 1708, the youngest of that family’s three sons, Joseph Pease, was sent back to England to set up the family business here. Having failed to find suitable premises in London he came up to Hull, and bought A house in High St with riverside frontage, setting up warehouses for various businesses including whaling, shipping as well works in Hull for linseed oil milling, whiting, lead and paint. And on the High St site he set up Yorkshire’s first bank in 1754. One of the most successful businessmen of the era, when he died the businesses were estimated to be worth over half a million pounds


28k41: No 17 Warehouse, Wilberforce column and Hull College, 1981 – Hessle Rd

20 February 2017

Erdmann Ltd advertised themselves on the board as welders, fabricators, burners, turners and I think were on or just off Tower St, probably where the Royal Mail site now is. I can find no record of them as a limited company.


28k52: Erdmann Ltd, Welders & Fabricators, Tower St, 1981 – River Hull


21 February 2017

The swinging area was in a fairly deserted area when I was there, with a few small craft in the picture moored at the back of it behind the Clarence Mills. Swinging areas were to allow boats to turn around in the fairly narrow River Hull, and on a later occasion I photographed this area being used for that purpose.

The leftmost boat has the name ‘Commander Snowden‘ on top of the cabin and was apparently at one time to be the reserve Hull roads launch for the pilot cutter and was a former fishing boat in the Scottish Lochs.


28k53: Swinging Area, River Hull, Tower St, 1981 – River Hull

22 February 2017

Boats and barges crowded the River Hull and their names often intrigued me. Gilyott and Scott (Transport) Ltd (part of the The Transport Development Group) had a whole series of ‘Poem’ barges, such as Poem 24 shown here and also owned the tug ‘Gillian Knight’ tucked in behind, and R35 behind.

It’s long been a mystery to me that Hull despite being a city has no cathedral, and that Holy Trinity is just a parish church. Apparently it isn’t unique in this, sharing the distinction (according to Wikipedia) with Bath, Brighton and Hove, Cambridge, Lancaster, Leeds, Nottingham, Plymouth, Preston, Salford, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, and Wolverhampton. Perhaps the reason is that the church, although large just wasn’t fancy enough, though as part of this year’s celebrations it is apparently being upgraded to a Minster on May 13th. Or perhaps the Church of England was simply ignorant and prejudiced about Hull like so many who’ve never really been there.

The buildings at the right are still there, but the large central building has gone and this area is now a car park. The trees are in the garden of Wilberforce House.


28k55: River Hull with Poem 24 and other barges and Holy Trinity, 1981 – River Hull

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