A day in central Hull started with a trip on the new Scale Lane swing bridge. Its a tourist thing – no barge was coming but they open and close thew bridge whilst people stand on it. That’s the kind of excitement Hull City of Culture has to offer. So we went.
So – we are on the bridge. The gates have been closed on the end of the bridge and on the bridge approach and it is rotating about a vertical axis on the west bank, the extremity swinging to the south. People can get on the bridge throughout the process at the west side – YES they can! Amazing what they can do these days.
Nearly fully open now, looking south to the arch which is the flood defence thing and can lower a steel door into and across the river to temporarily stop very high tides flowing up the river Hull. The next image was borrowed from the Sea of Hull exhibition. There’s a really good video online showing thousands of naked blue people being ordered about – well worth a look. Its both touching and funny.
After the excitement of that trip we walked north, through teh tourism centre of museums and old pubs into part of Hull, still beside the river Hull but now run down but with history, and some gems.
Backing onto the river, this Merchant’s house was once owned by a shipowner who owned, amongst others, the Bounty (as in Mutiny on the . . ). Nearby is the equally fine Georgian Customs House. Further on there is a school – now run as sheltered accommodation for the older folk – but as a school in the 17th century it was home to a young Andrew Marvell (his dad was Headmaster for many years).
Moving further north we pass a mill still in use. It processes maize to create a range of products including polenta, various grades of grits for breakfast cereals, snack foods and the brewing industry and bran and germ for animal feeds – I know this because I checked the Maizecor website. The mill has a bridge over Wincolmlee – that’s the name of the road – with some pleasing decorated cast iron brackets.
Then we reached the real destination, the Whalebone pub.
A young fellow has taken it on now and the range of beer has improved but the in-house brewery has closed. Had Saltaire Galaxy Pale and Rudgate York Chocolate Stout before heading back into town. On the way we passed a near derelict structure with a Blue Plaque. It proved to be the site of an oil seed press manufacturers, but the plaque is because it is the first ever ferro-concrete building erected using the Hennebique System.
Clearly worthy of the plaque you might spot at the right end of the building, about 12 feet up. In town there was a festival of food which included beers from Atom Brewery. Their mobile keg dispense system pleased me.
But I chose to drink a cask ale celebrating the rescue of Dead Bod.
Its got the good hops I favour. Dead Bod was a piece of graffiti on a corrugated iron wall at Alexandra Dock, due for demolition when Siemens moved in their windfarm construction plant.Why the enthusiasm for this bird I don’t know, but it is now installed in a trendy Hull bar.
In the afternoon I went to look at Hull’s new Minster, Holy Trinity church as was, in its new flagged open space setting.
That’s Andrew Marvell on the pink granite plinth. The new square has a new water feature – several rectangles are cunningly awash with water which is moving all the time, but very shallow. It generates some good reflections.