Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Hull Interchange

If you arrive in Hull by coach this is where you will debus. This is a much fancier place than the old windswept car park that coaches used to arrive at and I suppose it does give a better first impression. This shot shows how the new bus station has taken over part of the rail station; if you go through the station you end up here.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Hepworth's Arcade

Tucked away beside the market is this little gem; a Victorian arcade of small shops selling all sorts from jewellery and hi-fi to harmonicas and itching powder! It was built in 1894 for a Leeds tailor called Hepworth. It looks brand new after a sympathetic renovation a few years ago.

Monday, 28 November 2011


This structure (yet another award winning example of the concrete pourer's art) carries traffic across town; it's that good old A63 that I've mentioned so many times before. Here it's been given a lift over a roundabout on Hessle Road.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Green Bricks

Sometimes it pretty obvious how a pub gets its name. This one is by the Humber Dock.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Hairy Horse

There's a real problem with horses in Hull. It's quite common to find horses tethered on strips of grass beside roadways or on grassy areas in housing estates even school playing fields. The Council are now confiscating the horses and their owners have to pay a fee to get them back. I can't understand why people would own up to a dozen or more horse and have no land on which to graze them.
The friendly fellow is quite safe though; he's in a field near my house

Friday, 25 November 2011

Rose and Crown

You might imagine that this is a fine olde English pub out of the Elizabethan age and , in a way , you'd be right. There's been a pub of sorts here for over 400 years but the building you see here is fine old mock Tudor from the 1930s. Never mind, if you fancy a day at Beverley Races then the Rose and Crown is but a short walk from the racecourse.  

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Heads on back to front

I suppose for some a grave vandalised is a bit sickening; in Hull it's par for the course. This little statue is lucky to have been put back together even if it is somewhat wrongly oriented.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Princes Quay

When you've climbed to the rooftop car park of the shopping centre there's a helpful sign to tell you where you are.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Bring on the naked ladies ...

I've mentioned the lengths to which Beverley has gone to attract visitors with its ancient crafts and guilds trail; well here's yet another trail. Sadly not a trail of unclad ladies but of paintings by a local artist Frederick Elwell (who?). Dotted around the town are many reproductions of his work and those of his sister and for those who are interested (and there must be some, surely?) you get to walk around and cross them off your list. Here's another to whet your appetite or put you off completely.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Speed Limit

Speed limits are a custom more honour'd in the breach than the observance. There are reports that the maximum speed limit should be raised from 70 to 80 mph. It's said to be in the interest of  putting "Britain back in the fast lane of global economies". It's crazy, I know, but this government is reduced to trying anything.
This is the approach to Beverley from the Westwood. There's a tight little bend ahead so obeying the limit is advisable.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Newbegin again

The name Newbegin comes from old English meaning 'new building'. In the 14th century I suppose they were new; nowadays all those 'new' buildings have been replaced by Georgian town houses and look quite old.

Friday, 18 November 2011

The Drayman

When I first came to Hull 30 years ago most of the local pubs were supplied by the Hull Brewery Company and I recall that the beers so supplied were of the highest quality; I should know I supped enough of it. However it seems that others did not share my tastes and sales gradually dropped off (despite my best efforts). The brewery was sold and then in 1985 the sad and  fateful day arrived when the brewing stopped and the poor souls of Hull had to drink beer from Mansfield! 
But what to do with the old brewery itself? It stood empty for a while but in the early 90s they converted the place into offices and renamed it 'The Maltings' . This sculpture by Kevin Storch and is called 'The Drayman' and stands in the courtyard of the old brewery. It's cast in bronze and I think it's meant to be a fountain but it was turned off when I was there.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Earl de Grey

No blog about Hull could  fail to mention the infamous Earl de Grey. This now closed drinking establishment is situated close to the docks. It had a reputation for a certain type of clientele; that is to say sailors with money and women who were all too willing to make them part with it. It was, in short, a knocking shop. Its renown was worldwide among the sailing fraternity.
A flavour of the place can be gleaned from the following story printed in the local paper when the pub closed. "Until 15 years ago, two parrots lived in the pub mimicking the drunken revellers who propped up the bar. Cha Cha and Ringo were popular regulars until the pub was burgled in 1985. The thieves, fearing the chatty parrots would reveal their identities, stabbed Cha Cha to death. Legend has it the bird was later buried under Castle Street during the road's construction. Lonely Ringo pined for his mate and never spoke again."
Now the building is Grade2 listed but boarded up with only this fading sign to remind us of its interesting if insalubrious past.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Man, if you gotta ask you'll never know.

Ok I'll tell you; it's a restaurant in a converted warehouse by Princes Quay. It's part of a chain of Italian restaurants and if you want to know more ask someone else. Over a year ago I showed one of the windows on the other side of the building here; by next year I might show the whole building.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Lights, Camera, Action ....

With these lights and cameras your car will be safely looked after in the Albion Street car park.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Fenced in

City Daily Photo's theme this month was fences and I wish now that I had remembered this shot that I took in June last year; still better late than never. This footbridge carries you over a main rail line and Clive Sullivan Way, actually the A63. Clive Sullivan was a famous rugby league player who played for both Hull teams and died at the age of 42.

Sunday, 13 November 2011


The British weather is known to be fickle and the need for a some protection from the elements led to the building of this ornate shelter that looks out on to Bridlington's Harbour and bay. The view in this direction gives no clue to the tower block lurking directly behind; the views from those windows must be spectacular.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

More tea, anyone?

Here on Bridlington's South Marine Drive is a device whereby parents can spin their little darlings round and round in a giant teacup. I'm told the mental scars from this wear off over time so grin and bear it; it's meant to be fun! 

Friday, 11 November 2011


Many moons ago I posted a picture of this lightship from the other side of the dock. Here it is again a bit closer.
The ship helped mariners enter the Humber for nearly fifty years until it was decommissioned and turned into a museum by the council. If you're thinking of visiting you will have to wait till March and go on a weekend on the other hand it is free like all our museums and art galleries. There are a few links to the ship the best in my opinion are here and here.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

View from the top

Perhaps I should take more photos from the top deck of the bus; the main drawbacks are the dirty windows and thr reflections. Still, with a little practice, it might be worth the effort. Here's Princes Avenue where yesterday's shot was also taken on the way into town.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011


Pave is one of the many caf├ęs and bars that have opened in the Avenues area. It's name is an abbreviation of P(rinces) Ave(nue). It's website claims "By day, this is the place to meet, chat and enjoy the papers. By night, Pave buzzes."

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Water Play Area

Ok, you've got to use a little imagination here. This device is part of an area in East Park recently given over as a 'Water Play Area' and ordinarily there'd be water gushing through this thing and filling a large shallow pool. In the words of a nearby notice it's "a wonderful area for children to have fun and create new memories"; just so long as they don't break the numerous rules that are also posted nearby.   The area is drained in Autumn, you can't have all year round fun; that would be against the rules.  

Monday, 7 November 2011

East Park Gates

A further testament to the concrete pourer's art is to be found adorning the entrance to East Park. They are so horrible that I could find nothing on the net to indicate who designed them, shame is a powerful motive for reticence. So here they stand to welcome the visitor; after this the actual park couldn't be any worse.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Le Quartier Latin

In Beverley there are two market places, Saturday Market and this one Wednesday Market (no prizes for guessing what day the market is held). Until a couple of years ago Wednesday Market was just an ugly little car park for most of the week then it got given a remodelling into a 'continental style' eating place with outdoor tables and so on; you can imagine. I've seen it descibed as "Beverley's very own Latin Quarter" (do try not to smirk). I don't think it's been a successful transformation and I've never seen anyone sitting out enjoying the ambience. At the heart of this sits the Queen's Head which looks old but I am reliably informed it has been modernised.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Paragon Station

Years ago some soulless  bureaucrat came upon the name 'Hull Paragon'  and dropped the 'Paragon'. Now timetables refer only to Hull and life is a little duller for that I feel.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Just a jest

I've mentioned that Beverley has a trail of the ancient guilds and crafts of the town designed to attract tourists; as if the charms of the place weren't magnetic in themselves. Anyhow one of the old trades was hat making so here's jester's cap a top a street sign. Clearly they're still as mad as hatters in this town.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

The train leaving platform one ...

Thoughtful of the train company to leave gaps in the fence so we can see our train departing ...

The theme for today in City Daily Photos is 'fences'.Click here to view thumbnails for all participants