Monthly Archives: July 2017

22nd and 23rd July, 2017. Hull City of Culture.

Went into Hull on both days, amazing proliferation of events and entertainments, Sat. Gay Pride in Queen’s Gardens (cordoned off, ticket event), BBC Proms concert from the amphitheatre which use to be dry dock near mouth of R. Hull, street entertainments and concerts from temporary stage erected west of Marina lock entrance. Weather fine most of day but rain started teatime and continued for much of night. Sun. rain am as slow moving front lingered along North Sea coast, showers pm, very unfortunate for outdoor events, Queen’s Gardens walked through and went to EE shop to get assistance with phone problems.

City of Culture events transforming atmosphere in Hull’s city centre.

Disturbed by accumulation of rubbish in lake in Queen’s Gardens.

21st. July, 2017.

Personal – Dog to Middlegate, overcast and drizzle but soon turned to pleasant mild day. Second coat bathroom. Dog Baysgarth, R. tea (salad), C.S. agm evening + slides by B. Peeps on Hull ferry links. Well attended and no problems.

20th July, 2017. The best time of day to see the new improved Hull city centre.

Evening ride to Minerva pier, J. Cash tribute about to start on stage erected at water-front, first of four days of music festivals there. Then parked alongside Queen’s Gardens, walked park, fountain and gardens and through to Quenn Victoria Square and sat beside new fountains, all pedestrianisation, re-surfacing and upgrading here and streets around and, as pleasant evening weather, could sit and appreciate buildings around and the ‘playful’ fountains, so much more so than during the day with all the hustle-and-bustle of daytime life. Really to be recommended.

Picture above of rosebay willow-herb, to me always the flower of the summer holidays.

Personal – Overnight rain but not the thunder forecast, rain most of morning but faired-up mid pm and evening (see above). Haircut for first time at Curtis, pm plumber to fix waste pipe on ground-floor bath and sink drain. R. tea, dog to Baysgarth beforehand.

19th July, 2017.

Personal – Strange weather, some v. strong gusts of wind am and early pm, few light showers, tea when took dog in Baysgarth totally still with black threatening clouds, didn’t rain hard till later in night. Plan to go to Brid. on train didn’t happen. Undercoated upstairs bathroom walls with stinking old left-over paint. R. came pm. Chinese tea at 37. When turned on tele later evening reconstruction of tank battle experience in Great War from 2 surviving diaries! (see Publication Sidney Walter Clarke).

Picture – Bed of red valerian, terraced quarry-side, S. Ferriby, middle distance. Striking flower of chalk bedrock, even chalk scree, this time of year. White valerian = less common.

18TH July, 2017.

Following on yesterday’s ‘Personal’ what is it about the seaside? Is it a reflection of our psyche in some way or is it an enduring historical trend. How can it be that on the three caravan parks I visited yesterday most renters/owners pay £4000 ground rent a year in static vans that can cost over £40,000 and yet most have no sight of the sea from the vans and none can get down to the beach from the site itself? Yet most would love the experience.

To an extent it is an historical phenomena, sea bathing was first suggested as a natural cure in the 17th and 18th centuries with spas and their ‘healing waters’ following on. Also resorting to the seaside filtered down the class structure, particularly when improved transport made such an indulgence possible.

Is there, however and rocks/pebbles for building, something deeply meaningful in being at the edge, looking out on an essentially alien environment? Prior to the encouragement of sea bathing there seems to be little evidence that people saw the coast positively, often rather as a threatening environment – tides, storms, sea creatures(!) – or an environment to exploit e.g. fishing, sand and rocks/pebbles for building (e.g. the cobble-built cottage walls of Holderness villages).

The picture above shows my father and I on Hunstanton ‘prom’ in the mid 1950s (pier long gone), I think he once took off his shoes and paddled – but I may have imagined it.

Personal – Another hot day but increasingly strong e. wind. Dog Middlegate. Barton bus groceries. Sorting out papers from village studies class of 20 yrs ago. R. later pm, upset as boiler still not repaired (waited in all day).Dog Baysgarth. Started reading C. Hill’s biography of Oliver Cromwell.

17th July, 2017. Hull Cemeteries (work/research in progress).

As I noted on 5th April this is work in progress (along with history of Hull parks s.p.n.).

The picture shows a map of Sculcoates parish, surveyed in 1691 but published 1725 (?), and shows Sculcoates church near the west bank of the River Hull (not to be confused with the windmill symbol). At the crossroads of the ‘Beverley and Cottingham’ road now stands the Haworth Arms while ‘King’s Baneke’ is now Clough Road. A post-enclosure field west of Sculcoates churchyard was soon to be acquired by the parish of Holy Trinity church, Hull as its second overflow cemetery following the rapid filling-up of the initial overflow cemetery on Castle Street. The problems of burgeoning churchyards are discussed in my Publication (page 3) A study of the historical context of burial, cremation and the development of civil cemeteries, pages 21-23.

For a while the solution to chronically overcrowded churchyard burial sites was the development of a private necropolis (see A study of the historical context of burial …) and such a development was discussed in Hull (see The Genesis of the Hull General Cemetery, Part 2 in the Hull Civic Soc. Newsletter, June 2017).

However it was principally a series of Burial Acts in the 1850s which required the provision of public cemeteries by local authorities at the ratepayer’s expense (see A study of the historical context of burial …).

Re the blog of 27th June have come across a good book – Mileson, S.A. Parks in Medieval England (Oxford, 2009).


Personal – Hot, sultry day. Travelled to Skipsea on Holderness coast to investigate static caravan for sale, discovered site now has no access to beach and cara. was really old. So explored site at Ulrome and Barmston, also had no direct access to beach and site fees on these soulless sites averaging £4000 p.a. Gave up. Maybe need to try Fraisthorpe. Don’t want to pay for all these ‘facilities’ I would never use. Visited Gail way back. Salad tea at R. Thankfully evening cooler.