Monthly Archives: February 2017

28th Feb., 2017

Interesting display in Bransholme Centre commemorating first 50 years of the estate. The Centre and surroundings on the site of Sutton Airfield (see above), this, in turn, on farmland of lower ‘carr land’ of central Hull Valley. Bransholme at one point was Europe’s largest satellite town. Origin of name probably = ‘holme’ island above surrounding marsh and Brans probably corruption of Anglo-Saxon local landowner’s name. Interesting to be reminded of the ‘maisonettes’, now demolished, these an example of section building. They were, however, built far too close together.

Artisian springs now flowing under Barton Beck and maximum water level now can be seen. Mass of water flowing into culvert drain.

At last visited Ferens Art Gallery, Hull since revamp. Travelling exhibition of items of medieval devotional art. Gallery much enlarged recently and many more display rooms plus well patronised café. Only problem I find is the smallness of explanatory text for each picture or item on display. A must to visit.

On taking dog on Sunday morning walk along Saxby Road surprised at the variety of small song-birds flitting along the hedgerows and, few, trees. Maybe there is hope.

25TH Feb., 2017.

To conclude, for now, the River Hull theme, three detailed sources of evidence;

Sheppard, J.A. The Draining of the Hull Valley (East Yorkshire Local History Series, 1950s),

Fenwick, H., Thomas, G., Van de Noort, R. Wetland Heritage of the Hull Valley, An Archaeological Survey (Hull, 2000) (one of six Humber Wetland Heritage studies),

River Hull Drainage Heritage Group, Becks, Banks, Drains and Brains, The Drainage History of the River Hull Valley (2013) (unfortunately only a relative few were published by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council).

View above shows section of River Hull in foreground and part of Pulfin Bog wetland nature reserve beyond – Pulfin Bog administered by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Piece on Look North recently about problems caused to farmers and potential damage to their property by gangs ‘hare coursing’, perfectly valid news item but the programme mind-set apparently didn’t require them to state that it’s not too good for the hares either.

Very heavy rain overnight, dog to Bridge Lane, Horkstow first thing, much standing water, field drains gushing and R. Ancholme sluice had been opened to lower river’s water level.

23rd Feb. 2017.

Presentation on River Hull will be in two halves, (a) Geology and landscape of River and its valley, then its role as transport highway, then importance and location of ferries and then recreation. (b) journey in pictures from mouth of River Hull to its source.

The picture above shows how Barmston Drain, dug in the late 1790s, was taken under the pre-existing Beverley Beck, first canalised, probably, in the late 12th century. One of a number of aquaducts along the course of the River and partly explaining why the Drain was dug so deep.

Watched another episode of the wonderful ‘Wild China’ last night (didn’t see it first time around), this time Yunnan province, south-west China, north of the border with Vietnam and Laos and east of Mianmar, lush environment of steep-sided valleys and parallel mountain ranges, watered by the annual monsoon.

Tail-end of storm Doris today caused cancellation of Top-Hill Low walk.

Discovery of seven planets orbiting a star 40 light years away stirs the imagination and new age of telescopes on the horizon – apparently.

22nd Feb. 2017.

Currently working on preparing the presentation on the River Hull, its history and significance – Will be titled ‘River Hull, Friend or Foe’. More about this tomorrow.

Don’t often record things that upset me, but recently saw BBC programme of Hairy Bikers sampling fried chicken in parts of U.S.A. – not once did they comment on the massive factory farming units that churn out sufficient chickens to meet this demand, units that are an environmental nightmare and that subject these animals to appauling living conditions during their short, bleak lives. Shameful. For further info. see Lymbery, P. and Oakeshott, I Farmageddon, the true cost of Cheap Meat (Bloomsbury, 2014).

22nd Feb. 2017.

The west side of upper Lowgate, Hull today. Part of Alfred Gelder Street and Manor Street are certainly overly the site of some of the built complex of Suffolk Palace.

22nd Feb. 2017.

‘Suffolk Palace’ was the name given, after 1370s, to a large medieval mansion and grounds that existed on a triangular plot in the north-west section of the  medieval walled town of Hull. It was probably partly in existence by the end of the 13th century but was expanded by the De la Pole brothers William and Richard early in the following century. It figured significantly in the events surrounding Henry VIII’s Northern Progress of 1541 and in Charles I’s dealings with Hull Corporation 1639-’41. It had probably been demolished by the end of the 17th century but much of the grounds lasted into the 18th century (see above – extract from Thew’s map of Hull, 1784). Will add my full article to list of pdfs soon.