Monthly Archives: April 2016

Humber tides (13/04/’16).

Last Saturday the evening high tide (two high tides daily) stood at 8 metres (that is 8 metres above mean sea level) whereas the previous low tide five and a quarter hours earlier stood at sea level (sometimes the low water level is a bit below mean sea level). This gave a tidal range across five and a quarter hours of eight metres or 26 feet (the average tidal range in the Severn Estuary is 50 feet, the largest in Britain). Apparently the time-span between that low tide and the previous high tide was seven hours so the amounts of time between each tidal extent vary although they usually total 24 and a quarter hours across each day. Tide times and heights are available on the Humber Tides website.

Eight metres is a spring (very high) tide. The waters could be seen lapping at the base of the flood bank in South Ferriby and ships sailing up-Estuary on the tide appeared higher-up than usual. As I understand it, tide times and levels for any point around the coast can be predicted years ahead as the ebb and flow is determined by the phases of the moon (lunar cycle). Saturday’s high tide followed the emergence of a ‘new moon’ two night’s before whereas a ‘full moon’ creates a much smaller tidal range (‘first quarter’ and ‘last quarter’ moons range between). A lunar cycle month previous to Saturday, Friday 11th March also saw an eight metre high tide. The lowest intervening tidal range was just over three metres (a neap tide).

Part Two t follow.

A comment on the Holderness coast.

On Sunday, 9/04/’16, having visited an event at the Floral Hall, Hornsea I went for walk with dog along the beach to the north and beyond the concrete promenade. In places the coltsfoot were in full flower the day being sunny (for a change), like daisies and lesser celandines the flowers open and close with the sunshine. Like along South Ferriby ‘cliff’ the coltsfoot retain a foot-hold in the topsoil even when the cliff-face has slumped after being undercut by spring tides.

Like Withernsea and Kilnsea, ironically, the name Hornsea has nothing to do with ‘the sea’. The suffix ‘sea’ is derived from the Anglo-Saxon for lake/pool and refers to the post-glacial meres that were once dotted across Holderness and of which Hornsea Mere is the only survivor. Surviving evidence shows that Hornsea was a medieval market settlement but with a modest out-port at the mouth of a stream that flowed from the Mere. Two 17th century county maps (one of 1645 and Morden’s map of 1695, both in the collection of county maps at the Treasure House, Beverley) confirm this by naming ‘Hornsey’, ‘Hornsey’ Beck and ‘Hornsey’ Mere although, no name is given for the out-port. Both maps give a stylised symbol for a second medieval church (to that of the surviving St. Nicholas) in the area. Further county maps up to the late 18th century confirm that the drainage pattern across Holderness was, as had been the case since Halocene deposition, channelled east to the River Hull or south to the Humber (not seaward) – this being because land rose as deposition increased eastwards and still evidenced at Dimlington ‘high cliffs’ between Withernsea and Kilnsea.

Sorry – Landmarks and Beacons is also in pdf form. Also add;

  • History of Barton’s Cement making plant.

My power-point presentations.

This might be an appropriate point to list my currently available power-point presentations;

  • Some thoughts on the Geology of the Humberside Region and its impact on social and economic history (a clumsy title but, I think, a good presentation).
  • History of Housing in Barton and area (x 2).
  • History of Housing in Barrow.
  • History of Humber Crossings (x 2).
  • Hull in the Beginning (also a pdf).
  • Landmarks and Beacons, historic churches as aids to navigation in the Humber Estuary.
  • Landscape and History – the Local Context (compiled for a W.E.A. short-course).
  • Henry VIII’s Northern Progress – its regional context (can be divided to north-bank and south-bank).
  • History of Here – Baysgarth House, Barton (a format that can be applied anywhere).
  • Flooding – the Regional Context.
  • History of Site – Cottingham High School (prepared for the School’s celebration of its 60 anniversary, 2015. A format that can be applied anywhere.

Although some of the above are specific to a particular area their format could be adapted to any location.

Recent talk, evening class and power-point presentations.

The six week W.E.A. course at Barrow on Humber is now finished, the feed-back (formal and informal) from the class members was positive and by the last session Sylvia had printed-out and brought together in a folder all the sections researched and written by the class members. Over the next few months the text has to be edited by myself, illustrations incorporated and the necessary preparations made prior to publication. Furthermore John Thompson (a class member) has prepared a presentation about the ‘village pageants’ of the 1960s which he plans to put on a dvd. The plan is for copies of this and the book to be on sale from an autumn book-launch. Well done to the members of Barrow W.E.A.

My recent talk to Barton and District History Group on the ‘Adamant Cement Works’ seemed to be well received by a large audience in the ambulance base building, Fleetgate, Barton. I have subsequently been asked to put it on the website as a pdf. However, at the moment most of my power-point presentations are not in article form so I have to decide what to do about that.