Hull Photos: 10/11/17 – 16/11/17

Another digest of daily posts during Hull2017 on Facebook, about the pictures added daily on the intro page at Hull Photos. Comments and corrections to the captions and texts about the pictures are always welcome here or on Facebook.

Hull Photos

10th November

Another view of Bentleys Snowflake Laundry. The house at the right is number 78 and a few doors down from the laundry building is a terrace entry with a small shop on the nearer corner, but I failed to remember or identify the street. The address of Bentley’s laundry business was Plane St, though later it moved to more modern premises in Harrow St. Plane street is still largely intact and the houses in this picture are not the same.

The laundry site was a large one, and thanks to Pauline, Rimmmer, Wendy Woo, Lesley Gowen and others in the ‘Hulll The good old days’ Facebook group I can confirm that this warehouse was at 74-76 Greek St, just around the corner from the main entrance in Plane St. There are now two semis – 4 houses – where the laundry entrance was at 110-116 Plane St, with some behind in Bentley Court which is named after the works.

On Greek St the telephone post in this picture is still there, with a single fairly recent semi-detached house, No 74-6 exactly where the laundry building – evidently a warehouse where wash powder was kept – used to be, though the rest of that side of the street as far as Hawthorne Ave was an empty site when Google Steetview last went down there in 2015.

85-10j-56: Bentleys Snowflake Laundry, Greek St, 1985 – Hessle Rd

11th November

Another view of the sheds on the Hull Fair site in Walton St which were demolished in 2009, though the larger building beyond had gone earlier. The Hull telephone box is still there.

85-10j-62: Hull Fair Site, Walton St, 1985 – Argyle St

12th November

Underneath the Clive Sullivan Way (A63) at the roundabout leading to St Andrews Quay retail development, looking roughly west. There are now trees planted on the roundabout that obscure the view, but I think nothing visible in this picture other than the roads and the supporting columns (now without their plastic wrapping) is still standing.

85-10k-13: Under Clive Sullivan Way, St Andrews Dock roundabout, 1985 – Hessle Rd

13th November

The footpath from the end of Liverpool St led over a footbridge across the railway lines into the dock. . The Lord Line building, long allowed to rot but still there despite attempts to get permission for demolition, opposed by those who see it as representing an important part of Hull’s heritage is in the distance just to the right of the horse.

85-10k-15: Horse in Field, footpath to St Andrew’s Dock, 1985

14th November

G Stanley – Sail & Cover Co. and W Dukes Ship Riggers. Dukes was only incorporated in 1983, but had traded previously for a few months as Mendanengine Limited.

St Andrew’s Dock, originally planned for the coal trade became Hull’s Fish Dock when it opened in 1883 as the fishing industry was expanding rapidly with the introduction of steam trawlers and the rail network which could rapidly move the fish across the country. The expansion was so great that a dock extension was opened in 1897.

Road transport took over from rail, with the last fish train from Hull running in 1965. Fishing had a boom in the 1970s, and with larger trawlers and deteriorating buildings around the St Andrew’s Dock the fish docks moved to William Wright dock/Albert Dock, only for the industry to disappear with the cod wars. The dock extension was filled in to become a retail area, St Andrew’s Quay. In 1990 Hull Council declared the area around the entrance lock a conservation area but the area is still in limbo. Various schemes have been proposed for the development of the remaining dock area with a marina, an education campus, a heritage museum and more, but the remaining buildings have been allowed or encouraged to become derelict and unless the council takes some radical action are likely to be lost.

85-10k-21: St Andrew’s Dock, 1985 – Docks

15th November

At left is the St Andrew’s Dock Extension; an approach road at right leads up to Clive Sullivan Way. In the background the Humber Bridge stretches across most of the image.

85-10k22: St Andrews Dock Extension, Humber Bridge and Clive Sullivan Way, 1985 – Docks

16th November

The Humber St Andrew’s Engineering Co Ltd was incorporated in 1946 to take over the business of of Humber Shipwright Co. Ltd and the St. Andrews Engineering and Shipwright Co. Ltd. One of Hull’s trawler firms, Hellyer Bros. was the majority shareholder by the 1970s and the company became a a wholly owned subsidiary of their successor B.U.T (British United Trawlers) and closed in 1976.

Hellyer Bros had started in Brixham as Devon Fishing Company Ltd in the nineteenth century and moved up to Hull in the 1850s when large herring stocks were discovered in the North Sea. By the 1960s were the largest trawler company in Hull and probably the UK, with a reputation for being ruthless employers. They became a part of Associated Fisheries Ltd in 1961.

85-10k-23: Humber St Andrew’s Engineering Co Ltd, St Andrew’s Dock, 1985 – Docks

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