Fond memories of Hull


ImageHull City have been promoted to the Premier League in what can only be described as a rollercoaster ninety minutes, Tigers fans I rejoice for you all. I have a soft spot for Hull having gone to the University of Hull, which by the way was founded in 1927.

I went a little more recently than that mind you. I was lucky enough to have be tutored by Baron Norton of Louth who is often described as “the United Kingdom’s greatest living expert on Parliament” and “a world authority on constitutional issues” he continues to inspire me to engage in politics to this day.

A little about the place….

The town of Hull was founded late in the 12th century. The monks of Meaux Abbey needed a port where the wool from their estates could be exported. It was an early theatre of battle in the English Civil Wars. Its 18th-century Member of Parliament, William Wilberforce, played a key role in the abolition of the slave trade in Britain. And it suffered heavy damage during the Second World War from the Blitz.

It is officially called, Kingston upon Hull, and it stands on the River Hull at its junction with the Humber estuary, 25 miles (40 km) inland from the North Sea. The Humber Bridge, which provides road links to destinations south of the Humber, was built between 1972 and 1981, and at the time was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world. It is now fifth on the list.

Unlike many other English cities, Hull has no cathedral. It is in the Diocese of York and has a Suffragan bishop. However, Hull’s Holy Trinity Church is the largest parish church in England. It does have a Bishop mind and The Rt Rev Richard Frith, who was also very pleased with the local football team.

The city is unique in the UK in having had a municipally owned telephone system from 1902, sporting white, not red, telephone boxes. It remains the only locally operated telephone company in the UK, although it is now privatised.

In my time there I saw many a play written by John Godber at The Hull Truck Theatre and got into the poetry of Philip Larkin, the University Librarian between 1955-1985, again before my time, honest.

Anyway, well done Tigers, your victory made me think of happy times and it was nice to reminisce…. 

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2 Responses to “Fond memories of Hull”

  1. Anna Says:

    Lovely piece Colin. Come back soon – ‘ull misses you!

    You omitted to mention the fact that Hull has “The World’s Only Submarium” (not difficult seeing as its a made-up word!) and here’s a link: http://www.thedeep.co.uk/ I’m duty bound to big it up, on account of it being my place of work.

    And seeing as you’re a Philip Larkin fan Colin, I thought you might like to see the following: http://www.flickr.com/photos/summonedbyfells/5387526354/

  2. macarthursmutterings Says:

    Anna if only The Deep had been there when I was a student…. And I love the statue of Mr Larkin ;-)

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