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.
Saturday, 30 June 2012
Friday, 29 June 2012
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
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
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
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
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 tripadvisor.co.uk 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
Thursday, 21 June 2012
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
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Monday, 18 June 2012
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
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Friday, 15 June 2012
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
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
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
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
Friday, 8 June 2012
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
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
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
|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
Sunday, 3 June 2012
Saturday, 2 June 2012
Oops I forgot what the date was yesterday! The theme for this month is 'Tranquility'.
Click here to view thumbnails for all the participants who remembered.