Monday, 27 February 2017

It's only money

I've shown the Maritime Museum more than enough times but not, I think*, this façade above the entrance. The building was originally the offices of the Hull Dock Company and clearly money was not a problem at that time as we have a goodly supply of classical gods and goddesses adorning what I take to be Queen Victoria with her rhythm stick (I might be wrong) and a fine but somewhat faded plaque with the symbols of the then four countries of the United Kingdom. At the time of building (1870's) the Hull Dock Company had a monopoly but later competition forced down prices and profits and in hindsight spending £90,000 on Italianate offices may not seem like such a good use of resources. Still it makes for a grand museum.

And while I'm here I've just come across a new-to-me blog about Hull. 150 facts about Hull has been going for four years and has reached 89 facts, if you are into things of a Hully nature this may interest you.

* As I write this blog I often get the uneasy feeling that I'm repeating myself. So if any of this seems familiar it probably is. Indeed I may have mentioned this feeling before ...


  1. You are allowed to repeat yourself I think. It is a very impressive façade and your photo is a good one.

  2. The Royal Coat of Arms on the top of the building is the Arms in use by George I, George II & George III until 1801. Thus they would appear to pre-date the building by some considerable time. Presumably re-used from an earlier buiding rather than the stone carver not knowing the Arms changed.

    1. A bit of decorative recycling, thanks for this informative comment.

    2. Further research shows that I am miss-guided.
      According to The Pevsner Arcitectural Guide to Hull by David and Susan Neave the front is topped by a triangular pediment incorporating figures representing the Humber, Commerce and Prosperity, with two sea gods above, ..., flanking an elaborate display of the arms of the Dock Company, Trinity House and the Corporation." (of the City of Kingston upon Hull).

      Later they state "the adopted arms of the Hull Dock Company (really the late C18 royal arms)"

      So the sculpture is in all probability not re-used, the company have just appropriated the Royal Arms.

      I'm not sure why the Company were allowed to get away with this!