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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

More highlights of Hull

A few more photographs of Hull and a general tour around as we go about our business.

Prince Street leads off Holy Trinity Square through an arch and is an often photographed view. The lovely Georgian houses from about 1770 are sought after now but were slums not too long ago. The street is probably named after the Prince Regent who later became George IV.

Holy Trinity Church, or now Minster, is under going massive changes at the moment. The majority of the pews are being removed and it is going to become a very flexible space for all uses. The beer festival that is normally held here in April will now be in November. The square in front is also undergoing change. When it is finished there will be seating and reflection pools so that the view of the Minster can be seen in them and become a haven of peace. On the left can be seen the campanile above the indoor market hall. It plays tunes on the peels throughout the day. The market Hall is also reopening after a massive refit and has a good selection of food and other items represented.

Next to the market is the Kingston Hotel and they have embraced the cafe culture with their outdoor seating on the square. Can this really be Hull we are asked regularly.

Just of the Trinity Square is the 'front door' of the Hull Trinity House.

The detail of the pediment above the door.

Further down Trinity House Lane is Bob Carvers who are well known in Hull and area and are the makers of the first Hull 'pattie', something that you don't seem to be able to get anywhere else. It is essentially mashed potatoes with some herbs, bread crumbed and deep fried. Lovely! You can also get original Hull Chip Spice on the your fries here. Upstairs is a sit down cafe where you can have buttered bread and tea with your fish and chips.

Alfred Gelder Street was named after a former Mayor and architect who designed a new lay out for the city centre that formed Queen Victoria Square and what became known as Alfred Gelder Street. The Guild hall was built as law courts next to the Town Hall in 1907. The Town Hall was a lovely building designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, who designed some great buildings in Leeds, and was opened in 1866. In 1897 Hull received City status and the town hall was deemed not fitting. It was knocked down and between 1913 and 1916 this current building was erected, designed by Sir Edwin Cooper.

The more you look the more detail you can find. It is worth entering the building to see the inside, and to make a visit to the the fantastic embroidery pictures that denote periods of Hull's history. they are so detailed they could have been painted.

At the bottom of Queens Gardens, the Old Queens Dock, filled in, and standing in front of Hull College, is column with William Wilberforce's statue atop. The whole thing was moved here in the 1930's from close to Queen Victoria Square. As it is City of Culture year the manuscript he is holding has been guilded. The column is also now lit up.

Hull History Centre was opened in 2010 and houses three main collections, each made up of many parts, The Hull City Council collection, The University of Hull's and the Local Studies collection. There are so many papers that if they were end for end they would cross the Humber Bridge four times.

Inside the atrium they hold regular exhibitions. This one is by local writer and photographer Alex Gill who recorder the scenes on Hessle Road, home to the fishing community in Hull. It certainly evokes a time passed, and not one to be returned to for many reasons.

I was following my own advice about looking up and noticed this in a fan light above a door.

A real hidden gem of Hull is St Charles de Borromeo. It is quite nondescript from the exterior, but when you get inside you could be in France. In 1780 the Catholic Chapel in Postern Gate was destroyed in the Gordon Riots. Various places were used until in 1829 St Charles' was opened. That was the year the Catholics in England received full emancipation.

It was the day of the monthly Hull food festival and the crowds were out.

Zebedee's yard was the site of the many stalls. There was food from around the world. I remember when the first pizza place opened in Hull, and they queued round the block for weeks. How times change.

 Just one of the many dock related buildings that still are there. This one is now a club and hotel just down Postern Gate.

Queen Victoria Square has been up dated for the City of Culture year and the children have been loving the new fountains in the warm weather. As you can see t with there is a mist function and they play with various height jets and are lit up at night.

We are moving on in the next few days so you will get a break from Hull you may be pleased to know.

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