Monthly Archives: November 2016

30th Nov. 2016.

Forgot to add in yesterdays blog the very good reference, Becks, Banks, Drains and Brains – the Drainage History of the River Hull Valley (The River Hull Valley Drainage Heritage Group, 2014).

Recently re-wrote my existing notes on ‘Suffolk Palace’.

Following a recent meeting of Barton Book Group, now with Judith Spikesley (lecturer at York University) as general editor, decided that myself and two others should research and co-author book on public buildings in Barton. This project has been lying latent for some long while. John French, Martin D’Allesandro and myself met, discussed an overall plan and I submitted a synopsis to Judith. We are all busy and , as yet, have not imposed a time limit on ourselves. I am to cover; schools (with Martin), chapels and the police station and petty sessions courtroom. Any help with this would be appreciated.

Need to prepare a lecture for March 6th to Immingham Local History Soc. on the general theme of navigating the Humber.

Have a problem with some images in that the only copy I have is incorporated in a power point presentation and cannot seem to be copied for use elsewhere. Any Help?

Have neglected for some while research for History of Hull Parks and would like to progress it – however City of Culture lot are not interested!

Need to re-write some notes for long-term project on Erosion, Embanking and Reclamation across Humberside region.

29th Nov., 2016.

Last Thursday walked my fourth section of the River Hull (from mouth to source), this time from Weel Bridge, Beverley to Pulfin Bog nature reserve between Beverley and Wolfholme. From Weel Bridge to Hull Bridge (on the Bridlington Rd.) I the narrow road running beside the River’s meanders going out and the grassy west bank on my return. From this west bank Swinemoor pastures may be studied – large pools of shallow water, a huge flock of Brent and Canada geese, horses of all sizes grazing and the river-bank itself littered with semi-restored river boats of all types and sizes. From Hull Bridge I walked the east bank of the River out to Pulfin Bog ,and back. No moored craft beyond Hull Bridge, and mostly arable land across the riverine lowlands. Pulfin Bog is a nature reserve inside a meander in the River and run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. It is a SSSI site and includes a large lake detached from the River.

Just south of the nature reserve on the west facing slope of a mound of till is the site of Eske deserted medieval village (as at Meaux Abbey site a couple of miles to the south-west this site may be grazed but not cultivated). Mounds and depressions evidence the lay-out of the medieval village. The site was studied in 1979 by Keith Miller and is referenced in the Humber Wetlands Survey of the 1990s.

The weather was kind and before leaving Beverley investigated the culvert under Beverley Beck that was dug and constructed (in the form of three narrow tunnels) when Barmston Drain was excavated. As well as the above see Sheppard, J.A. The Draining of the Hull Valley (East Yorkshire Local History Soc., 1958).

Next time hope to walk from Pulfin Bog to Tophill Low – probably on the west bank.

19th Nov., 2016. Various.

Apropos recent blog – the young terminally ill girl given permission to be frozen in the hope that at some point in the future she will be able to be healed once revived, seems that debate focuses on physical pros and cons. What of her mind? Where will it be? Is it dependent on the physical health/ill-health of the frozen brain?

Last night gave talk to Barton Civic Soc. entitled ‘Assembly Rooms to Sabre-toothed tiger – History in reverse’. Idea = to take an existing interesting building, trace its history, then the history of the site as far as is possible – by series of references to available evidence coupled with reasonable assumptions got back as far as the last complete inter-glacial (hence sabre-toothed tiger). Again emphasised importance of Humber Wetlands Survey. Well received by smaller than usual audience! The weather was very wintery.

Recently re-read two East Yorkshire Local History Soc. booklets – (a) Cross, C. The end of Medieval Monasticism in the East Riding of Yorkshire (1993), (b) Horrox R. The De La Poles of Hull (1983). The former makes very good use of surviving documentary (state) sources. Scanned Whitting P. Coins, Tokens and Medals of the East Riding of Yorkshire, (1969).

Sun in cloudless sky warming-up back room this morning, sharp frost last night.

17th Nov. 2016.

Stormy, autumnal weather. Cold west wind and two hours of heavy rainfall across midday, both result of low centred north of Scotland with anti-clockwise winds bringing wind, rain and snow on hills.

Recently much work done on the sluice of East Drain, Sluice Rd, South Ferriby. Not yet sure exactly what has been done but the mud around the previously stuck sluice gates has been removed. Various redundant machinery related to when the sluice use to be in working order remains. New workings have a wind turbine and solar panel. I believe this is preliminary work in the flood prevention improvement programme.

Did month’s shop at Sainsbury’s, Scunthorpe am and walked dog in Central Park – before the rain.

17th Nov. 2016. Catching-up plus others.

It must be the case that dreams are significant, they are like a video of the mind at play. Usually dreams desert my memory soon after waking but one recently lingers. I was visiting my late sister (died 2008) when she was still living in the cottage in south-west Norfolk (see Family History pdfs). I gradually became aware that things around were changing, particularly large-scale road-works. This was very troubling but my sister thought it was all necessary. It seemed that I was being overtaken by events. I have a life-long history of recurring ‘bad dreams’. From an impersonal point of view what is remarkable about dreams is that, although they take events that have happened, the mind weaves a story-line that is fiction, as though the mind can function independently. Although I cannot accept any belief-structure which propounds eternal life in human form I keep an open mind about ‘the mind’.

Really is fine time of year to see birds around the Humber Estuary. Geese, probably now resident for the winter, set off noisily bit after dawn, tend to set off inland south or south-east, climbing rapidly to cross the scarp slope, seemingly even the ones that have roosted on, or near, the north bank. Have seen first flocks of migrants, either fieldfare or redwing, or both. Huge flocks of lapwing, probably boosted by Scottish migrants – flock in winter but breed in single pairs and don’t flock in summer. Occasionally see huge flocks of swerling starlings but not currently roosting in nearby reed-bed.

14th Nov. 2016. Walking River Hull bank, dream, Estuary-side flocks up-date.

Last Friday did my third section of a plan to follow the River Hull from mouth to source. First section followed public rights of way alongside the river through the ‘Old Town’ and on to Sutton Rd. bridge. Certain sections do not have a river-side public right of way so one has to walk nearby streets. Unfortunately the west-bank public right of way northwards from Clough Rd. bridge is very overgrown and unkempt up to the chemical works (the east bank is also a public right of way and should be preferred). Thereafter the grassy clay-bank is well maintained and easy walking.

The second section on another day was from Sutton Rd. bridge to Kingswood bridge and on to Wawne village – with linear walking it is necessary to return to the starting point each time to get car/bus which limits the distance one can go. Here the river-bank is well maintained and easy walking. Also both banks are public rights of way. Part of the way back gardens can be viewed elsewhere mature trees can be viewed on the landward side and from Kingswood bridge north the fringe of Kingswood estate. From both banks a clear view can be had of the north and east fronts of Haworth Hall. A walk to be recommended.

The most recent section was from Wawne village and following the east river-bank north to Weel bridge, Beverley. As I made good time I decided to walk back along the west bank which meant walking on to Kingswood bridge and then back through the estate and river-bank to Wawne, this being a total distance of about 15 miles (would have been about 10 if had returned on the east bank from Weel bridge). Mostly good walking but for some way on the east bank cattle are grazed which can make for problems with the dog and a more churned-up surface. On the west bank a considerable distance from Thearne ferry (historically) to, and beyond, Sicey Farm is much overgrown, particularly with that bitter enemy stinging-nettles. Intend to contact the relevant footpath officers re both here and the section north of Clough Rd. bridge.