Saturday, 30 June 2012

The Wind Mill Hotel, Witham

Witham is a road that runs from the river to Holderness Road. I suppose at one time it was a prosperous place but now it's totally depressing. The main business apart from the large Council offices seems to be the used car trade with its attendant 'Arthur Daley' dealerships. Stuck on the end of Witham and looking a bit the worse for wear is the Wind Mill Hotel. It was built towards the end of 19th century as was much of this area. Its chief attraction is the fine tile work the surrounds the ground floor walls. It's a Grade 2 listed building and I have read that it's the best night out in Hull for the over 35s which I find difficult to credit.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Books and Baths

Another stitch up (maybe I should get a really wide angle lens). This time we have on the right the old James Reckitt library now closed and moved to new buildings further up the road. On the left the East Hull Pools which boasts heated swimming pools, the very height of decadence. Both were built towards the latter end of the 19th century and stand in splendid isolation on Holderness Road.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Ghosts on Holderness Road

I've stitched three shots together here with the result of strange ghosts in the final image. This is the western end of Holderness Road and it's in a pretty dire state. That whole row is due for either demolition or redevelopment of some sort (see link here). The only shop still trading is a pawnbrokers cum body piercing shop; it's that kind of area. In the dim distance is the building I showed you here

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Wet day in Hull

This is the view from the Streetlife Transport Museum. As you can see it was a very rainy day. The trawler you can see is the Arctic Corsair which I've shown before here. You can go and look around the boat with free guided tours, details are here.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Lady Chesterfield's Sleigh

Here's the oddest thing I came across in the Transport Museum the other day. It's described as elaborately carved and highly decorative and apparently Lady Chesterfield used it for pleasure driving on her estate. Lady C. in case you are wondering was the daughter of Charles Henry Wilson, 1st Baron Nunburnholme. Now can you see the connection with Hull street life? No, neither can I.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Put Out More Flags

Here's the Railway pub in Cottingham all decked out in Ingerland flags for some football competition that's going on somewhere or other in Europe. 
Stop Press: England lost to Italy (on penalties as usual). Oh well, never mind, I wasn't that interested anyway.

Sunday, 24 June 2012



What to do on yet another rainy day? Why not visit the Streetlife Transport Museum? I've shown you the outside but until Friday I'd never been in the place. What can I say? It's the sort of place that has immaculately presented exhibits of carriages and modes of transport with re-enactments of street scenes from days gone by. It's all very well done but, maybe it's just me, it felt a little dull and dated. As a child, fifty years or more ago, I saw more or less the same sort of exhibition in York's museum. However the museum has been named the city's best attraction on the travel website so I'm probably just out of kilter with the rest of the world. Still if old buses and carriages are your thing you'll find lots to look at here. And one more thing, it's all free.

Don't quite know what a bi-plane has to do with street life, I guess they had to hang it somewhere.

Saturday, 23 June 2012


This is the view in the other direction from yesterday's photo. This is Hessle's All Saints Church with its impressive spire. Until the bridge was built it was probably the tallest structure round here. As we're on our way to record rainfall for June this picture is clearly not a recent one; no more blue skies and fluffy clouds just rain and more rain. Did I mention a drought back in April?

Friday, 22 June 2012

It's that bridge again

At over 510 feet in height the Humber Bridge does tend to peek into view now and then. At the beginning of April the toll on the bridge was halved to £1.50 and recent reports suggest that traffic on the bridge increased by 20,000 in the first month, which comes as no surprise to anyone really.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Climbing Bear

OK this is one of a pair of bears at the entrance to Albany Street just off Springbank. It's part of a series of animal 'street art' that runs the length of Springbank. And the reason for all this? Well, many years ago, before they built all the houses there was a zoological garden which was lost with the development of Hull. The memory of it lingers in the pub names on Springbank: the Eagle, the Polar Bear and the Botanic not forgetting the gloriously ramshackle Zoological now long gone to make way for the Hull Daily Mail offices, and finally the recently opened (10 or so years ago) New Zoological. 
It would be unbearable to show just one bear so here's the other.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012


These are on Beverley Westwood. If you peer closely you can just make out the black mill.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

The Warren

These former dockside buildings are the Warren Project where 14 to 25 year olds do the sort of thing 14 to 25 year olds  do. I'm far too old to remember what that might be. There's a website as always here.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Expect Delays

For two hours today and an hour tomorrow parts of the city will grind to a halt as a series of pyjama clad buffoons jog slowly around waving an oversized cigarette lighter. Yes the idiotic farce that is the Olympic torch relay is in town to the delight of the hoopleheads and feeble minded. I wonder how many of those lining the streets realise that this is a direct throwback to the torchlit parades of the 1936 Nazi Olympics designed for the glorification of Hitler's Third Reich. Swifter, Higher, Stronger ... phooey. 

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Small copper

When you can't think of anything to say it's probably best to say nothing, so ....

Saturday, 16 June 2012


The grammar on some signs in mediaeval church yards is uneven too! This Holy Trinity's church yard looking the worse for wear what with all those burials and a large tree buckling the surface.

Friday, 15 June 2012


I've always understood the name of this place to be a reference to it's prices. I may be wrong since I've never been in and don't drink coffee.

Thursday, 14 June 2012


This is East Park and in the distance stands the 450 ft Reckitt's chimney. This is now defunct since the plant it served has closed. Can't think why but I've just remembered that Reckitt's bought out the Durex company a while back ...

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The other side of 13

Here's a view of the other side of the converted warehouse 13 that I showed you here. The black object in the foreground must remain one of life's mysteries, that is to say, I don't know what it is. 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

P & O x 2

Did you know that over a million passengers use the port of Hull every year? No, nor did I. P & O have ferries to Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. The ferry terminal is way over in east Hull so everyone has to go through the city to get where they want to be.
Here's two totally different shots of roughly the same scene.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Arco factory

When, in 1890, the Leyland And Birmingham Rubber Company needed somewhere to distribute industrial asbestos and rubber supplies, they looked at Hull and thought that's the place for us. So was formed the Asbestos and Rubber Company or Arco. Nowadays they make over 22000 products with  a wide range of safety gear and industrial clothing and are a world wide company. You can find out what good guys they are at their very own website here.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Fiat Lux .... now pay for it.

Someone thoughtfully left the door open so I could get a shot down the length of St Mary's in Beverley. Then I stepped inside and took another one. As I did so I noticed a small sign suggesting that photographers should pay a small fee for the privilege of capturing photons. C of E thinks it owns the light in its churches. Seems even light is being monetised! 

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Beware of cattle

Beverley Westwood is common land which means that commoners can and do graze their cattle. There's over 400 beefy beast on the Westwood and no fences so you've got to drive carefully.

As this summer has so far failed to load I'm showing you something from a couple of years back. 

Friday, 8 June 2012

Fire Horse

This fine head stands above the doorway to an old fire station on Hall Street off Springbank. A blue plaque informs us that this was a volunteer fire brigade formed to assist the regulars. Since it started in 1887 and disbanded in 1891 I get the feeling there weren't too many volunteers. The chap below is thought to be a captain of the brigade.

Here's one of the doorways.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

War Memorial

Cottingham has two war memorials, this one is in St Mary's churchyard. The other one is the memorial gardens I showed you here.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Butcher Row, Beverley

Here's another item on Beverley's Town Trail [ 1 ]. This time it's a representation of an ox carcass in eight feet of two inch thick steel plate. The man responsible for this is Chris Wormald who says he was inspired by Rembrandt's slaughterhouse painting [ 2 ]. It's meant to represent the medieval Beverley Butchers Guild. Needless to say comments in the local paper were less than impressed with this rusting legacy.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Straight to the point

Taken by Margot K Juby
Today the UK is going through a form of torture by sycophancy. The lashings of obsequious nauseating pap that passes for the media of this country are too much to bear. Three whole days of adulatory ass licking and for what? The odious obscenity that is the British monarchy with its attendant snivelling toadies and unctuous lickspittles is celebrating 60 years of 'reigning' over the hoopleheads that line the streets with vile flags and silly grins on stupid faces. Frankly I've had enough, enough I say .... stuff the Jubilee!

Monday, 4 June 2012

Blue Bin

In an effort to cut down on costly landfill taxes the council have for some time been running a recycling scheme. So paper, tin cans and plastics go into the blue bin. Soon, no doubt, they'll want to recycle the dead ...

Sunday, 3 June 2012

National Cycle Network

Quite why there is a fish tailed signpost for the national cycle network outside the City Hall I don't know. It was put there in those heady Millenium days when there was plenty of money about. Do you remember money?