Hull is sometimes known as Kingston Upon Hull, which is its official name, but to most people its just, Hull. It is a port on the east coast of England and at one time was Britain’s 3rd largest port. Its about halfway up the UK so is regarded as being the north of England. It faces the North Sea so has historical links with Scandinavia and Europe and Hull’s fishing fleet use to use the Icelandic region for its catch. Alas that industry is no longer around, decimated many years ago by Icelandic claims of an exclusive 200 mile around Iceland thereby excluding many of the trawlers from Hull plying their trade.
These days it is a city of around 250,000 people, surrounded by countryside but not as glamorous of the more famous Northern cities of England, but in a way it is unique because of that. People visit places like York, Leeds, Sheffield etc but not Hull, its their loss. But this weekend, and during the beautiful weather we have been having I have been out in the city centre with my camera and this my friends is a little look at the City Of Hull, England.
We start in the Marina area, developed over the last few years of what was bustling docks of many years ago.(Click on the photographs to see larger versions)
Hull has a maritime and military history dating back many centuries.
Hull took a battering during the World Wars but other places got more mentions as Hull’s name was not allowed to be published or spoken of because of security concerns so was always known as the North – East town. Many buildings were destroyed and many people killed.
This is where the River Humber meets the River Hull then carries on its journey to the North Sea. The pointed building in the foreground is The Deep, an aquarium of renown.
The white vessels are now part of P&O Ferries that go across to the continent every night of the year except Christmas Day and New Years Eve, they use to be called North Sea Ferries.
Looking down the barrel of one of the cannons stationed along the port area in readiness for any German invasion during World War 2.
The inscription on this statue says it all:
Over 2,200,000 people passed through Hull and other Humber ports to America between 1836 and 1914.
Many artefacts of Hull’s engineering history as still on show.
A retired lifeboat that use to help ships navigate the tricky River Humber terrain.
This whole area still has some re-developement ongoing as it transforms into an artistic area with many small businesses starting up.
Some of the housing from grander times where rich merchants use to live.
On this particular day an outdoor boxing tournement in conjunction with a local boys club.
This is but a rudimentary look at the city of Hull, nowhere near comprehensive as the place has a lot of historical, military, and strategic importance over the years, check out the links.