Monthly Archives: November 2020

Disused railway lines as public rights of way.

I’ve lost track (no pun intended) of the state of play with HS2 but I think the ‘first section’ is under construction. Has always seemed to me to be a complete waste of public funds, likely to bring little or no benefit to the average passenger and destroying some sensitive environmental areas in the process. Anyway is not the age high-powered meetings fast fading? when it can be done from the office desk, apparently.

Probably some routes where trains once ran could achieve good passenger numbers, more feasibly in rural rather than urban areas, but the capital expenditure required would be great. That said, the rail-line between Barton and Cleethorpes remains working with a two-hourly service about six times a day, this despite being under threat more than once during its existence. It does benefit from a number of dedicated supporters who, as members of two promoting societies, liaise with the rail company holding the franchise for the line to promote its profile. The single carriage going back and forth has a bit of a ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ air to it (it is diesel) but is used by a surprising number of people – and bus timetables from Hull and Scunthorpe link to train times – and Cleethorpes station is right on the sea-front (a fact not so in Bridlington, Filey or Scarborough). (see Berridge, A.A.S. The Railway Comes to Barton-on-Humber: 1844-1914 (Fathom Writers Press, 2016, 100 pages). The photo. above shows Barton station buildings before their demolition in 1973 (scanned from p. 41 of the above book).

In the 1960s Dr Jay Appleton of Hull University (Geography Dept.) wrote lots of papers promoting the adoption by government or local authorities of recently (then) disused rail lines as public rights of way, both long-distance and local. It was an example of a good idea to reap some benefit from an otherwise tragic policy. The campaign, of course, only had limited positive outcomes.

Although cyclists and pedestrians don’t always see eye-to-eye, such a recycling (no pun intended) of the track-beds would have been very popular in our present ‘new age of cycling’.

(to be continued).

 

Inventory of blogs on this website 18/2/’16 – 3/11/’20.

(Apologies, tree sideways, still do not know why that happens).

Trees in threes – 2/2/’20.

Myton (Hull’s once out-of-town settlements) – 12 blogs -4/2 to 17/3/’20.

Hull Museum Publications – 10 blogs – March and April ’20.

Sculcoates (Hull’s once out-of-town settlements) – 19 blogs – 5/4 to 14/5/’20.

Newland (Hull’s once out-of-town settlements) – 9 blogs – 19/5 to 3/6/20.

Drypool (Hull’s once out-of-town settlements) – 9 blogs – 10/6 to 26/6/20.

Southcoates (Hull’s once out-of-town settlements) – 3 blogs – 29/6 to 3/7/’20.

Marfleet (Hull’s once out-of-town settlements) – 3 blogs – 7/7 to 9/7/’20.

Stoneferry (Hull’s once out-of-town settlements) – 2 blogs – 13/7 to 14/7/’20.

Conclusion to 45 blogs on Hull’s once out-of-town settlements – 15/7/’20.

Saltmarshe – 3 blogs – 20/7 to 22/7/’20.

Flies – 27/7/’20.

‘Illustrated Natural History of Selborne’ – 8 blogs – 2/8 to 13/8/’20.

National Heritage Week – 19/8/’20.

Hull’s Green Corridors – 6 blogs – 20/8 to 27/8/’20.

Descriptions of Hull 16th to the 18th centuries plus Conclusion – 16 blogs – 16/9 to 27/10/’20.

(Interrupted by) Whitley Bay – 3 blogs – 20/9 to 26/9/’20.

Inventory completed for the moment.

Inventory of blogs on this website, 18/2/’16 – 3/11/’20.

I need a couple of this week’s blogs to complete the inventory. Over the last two years they have become more systematic but some of the earlier ones remain quite interesting (in my opinion).

History of Public Parks – 27 blogs – 22/11/’18 to 13/2/’19.

History of Hull’s Public Parks (partly) – 9 blogs – 18/2 to 8/3/’19.

History of Hull’s Cemeteries – 24 blogs – 10/3/’19 to 8/5/’19.

Recreation Grounds – 2 blogs – 8/5 to 12/5/’19.

Sound in ‘places of resort’ – 15/5/’19.

Birdsong in ‘places of resort’ – 2 blogs – 19/5 and 23/5/’19.

Plants in ‘places of resort’ – 29/5/’19.

Churchyards as ‘places of resort’ – 3 blogs – 3/6 to 8/6/’19.

Reed’s Island, Ravenser Odd and Sunk Island – 16 blogs – 11/6 to 25/7/’19.

Sunk Island postscript – 5 blogs – 31/7 to 15/8/’19.

County maps of East Yorkshire – 13 blogs – 28/8 to 29/10/’19.

Two footbridges in Hull – 4/11/’19.

Pearson Park, Hull Restoration – 7 blogs – 5/11 to 18/11/’19.

Twigmoor Woods – 2 blogs – 24/11 to 26/11/’19.

Gulls – 24/11/’19.

Disaster for 14,000 sheep – 4/12/’19.

Hessle Local History Society articles – 5/12/’19.

Article from ‘Landscape History’ journal – 5 blogs – 12/12 to 24/12/’19.

Cupolas, pinnacles, turrets and domes on secular buildings (Hull) – 10 blogs – 30/12/’19 to 30/1/’20.

(No reader got in touch re last week’s picture – it was a view north-west over Alkborough Flats taken from the footpath between Alkborough and Burton Stather which follows the top of the scarp slope of the Lincolnshire Heights overlooking the Vale of Trent and beyond to the south Pennine foothills. A wlk to be recommended on a fine clear day.)

This week’s picture above – In what way is this 12 year old conifer in Pearson Park, Hull ‘gigantic’?

Inventory of blogs on this website, 18/2/’16 to 3/11/’20.

Wildlife – 4/1/’18.

Climate change and post Brexit agricultural policy – 10/1/’18.

Charles Darwin – 8 blogs – 12/1/’18 to 11/2/’18.

Copernicus –  2 blogs – 14 and 15/2/’18.

History of Hessle Common – 5 blogs – 17/2/’18 to 21/2/’18.

St George’s Chapel, Windsor – 22/2/’18.

Gainsborough and All Saints church – 2 blogs – 24 and 25/2/’18.

Stallingborough church – 25/2/’18.

Derby cathedral – 26/2/’18.

Old Hall Gainsborough – 2 blogs – 27 and 28/2/’18.

Litter – 3 blogs – early March to 10/3/’18.

Peter Scott – 2 blogs – 18 and 19/3/’18.

Equinox, rhinos and oystercatchers – 21/3/’18.

Churches Conservation Trust – 4 blogs – 25/3 to 4/4/’18.

Purbeck marble – 5/4/’18.

Hull Minster – 8/4/’18.

Trinity Square, Hull – 9/4/’18.

Castle St. Cemetery, Hull – 10/4/’18.

Division Rd. Cemetery, Hull – 12/4/’18.

A sad story from 136 years ago – 13/4/’18.

Place of Resort – 4 blogs – 19 to 23/4/’18.

A nation of animal lovers – 27/4/’18.

Density of population – 6 blogs – 29/4 to 5/5/’18.

Waves – 4 blogs – 11 to 16/5/’18.

Remnant earthworks – 4 blogs – 14 to 20/5/’18.

New Holland and wildflowers – 21/5/’18.

Cow parsley – 22/5/’18.

Pernicious and invasive plants – 23/5/’18.

Clay banks – 7 blogs – 25/5 to 5/6/’18.

Metaphors and just one small pebble – 2 blogs – 7 to 8/6/’18.

Is Hull again becoming marginalised? – 10/6/’18.

Predation – 11/6/’18.

Further archaeological work in the parish of Drypool – 2 blogs – 14 and 16/6/’18.

Fortifications in the parish of Drypool – 17/6/’18.

Hull Citadel – 20/6/’18.

Hull Guildhall time-ball – 2 blogs – 24 and 25/6/’18.

‘Sheep may safely graze’ – 26/6/’18.

‘Linden Lea’ – 1/7/’18.

Castles by the river – 4 blogs – 9/7 to 13/8/’18.

Sea otter – 19/7/’18.

Public parks week – 23/7/’18.

Ongoing research Hull parks – 2 blogs – 23 and 25/7/’18.

Myxomatosis – 27/7/’18.

The nature of chalk (s.w – Norfolk) – 5 blogs – 5 to 15/8/’18.

St. Edmund’s church, Downham Market – 4 blogs – 16 to 23/8/’18.

History of not very nice things – 8 blogs – 21/9 to 19/10/’18.

Pearson Park – 4/10/’18.

Allotments – 6 blogs – 21/10 to 2/11/’18.

Personal issues around Remembrance Day – 2 blogs – 13 to 15/11/’18.

Inventory of blogs on this website, 18/2/’16 – 3/11/’20.

Rise of rational thought – 4 blogs – 21/2/’17 to 2/4/’17.

Sculcoates Lane cemeteries – 5/4/’17.

East Halton Beck to Killingholme – 10/4/’17.

Spring in the countryside – 22/4/’17.

Harpham, Lowthorpe, Nafferton and Kilham churches – 23/4/’17.

Worcester churches – 30/4/’17.

Misericords – 1/5/’17.

Great Malvern church, Meaux tiles and wildflowers – (early May ’17).

Wildfowl of wetland, Sluice Rd. – 7/5/’17.

Boreas – 9/5/’17.

Walk to Hessle, N. Ferriby and Elloughton – 12/5/’17.

(Nature thoughts) – 15/5/’17.

St. George and flag – 16/5/’17.

Quran, Bible and truth – 20/5/’17.

Holy Trinity church and wild grasses – 23/5/’17.

Burton Constable Hall – 28/5/’17.

Kilnsea – 29/5/’17.

De la Pole cemetery – 4/6/’17.

Humber Bridge Country Park – 5/6/’17.

Early summer flail – 8/6/’17.

Poppies and war – 11/6/’17.

Wild strawberries and memories of Malham – 12/6/’17.

‘Look up’ – 2 blogs – 15 and 19/6/’17.

Hornsea Mere – 19/7/’17.

Sammy squirrel and Felix Mendelssohn – 21/6/’17.

Seeing the stars – 2 blogs – 23 and 25/6/’17.

Public Parks – 4 blogs – 27th June to 3/7/’17.

Hull’s public parks – 4 blogs – 9 to 15/7/’17.

Hull Cemeteries – 17/7/’17.

What is it about the seaside? – 18/7/’17.

Personal – 20/7/’17.

Hull City of Culture – 2 blogs – 21 and 25/7/’17.

Three Yorkshire Wolds churches (Kirkburn, Bainton, Middleton) – 3 blogs – 11 to 27/7/’17.

Skidby church – 29/7/’17.

Rowley church and manor – 30/7/’17.

Site of Risby house – 1/8/’17 (strange photo).

Gull’s daily commute – 4/8/’17.

Swifts – 7/8/’17.

Evolution – 4 blogs – 12 to 27/8/’17.

Benches – 28/8/’17.

Culture and ideas – 2/9/’17.

Christianity and History – 5/9/’17.

World Wildlife Fund – 6/9/’17.

Farm animal welfare – 2 blogs – 13 and 14/9/’17.

Cassini-Huygens – 15/9/’17.

Autumn all around – 26/9/’17.

Noddle Hill Nature Reserve – 26/9/’17.

Martin D’Alessandro – 12/10/’17.

Volunteering, City of Culture – 2 blogs – 11 and 13/10/’17.

Wildfowl metropolis – 18/10/’17.

Fragility of great trees – 18/10/’17.

Animals Asia – 19/10/’17 (a life well lived).

Trees – 22/10/’17.

Good, bad and indifferent in all populations – 26/10/’17.

English Civil Wars, (W.E.A. class) – number of blogs to 5/11/’17.

Humberside large period houses – 19 blogs – 10/11/’17 to 28/12/’17.

(to be continued).

 

Inventory of blogs on this website, 18/2/’16 – 3/11/’20.

Am going to use the same scene shown above for the first three blogs of this inventory, let me know if you know where it is.

Am going to list the inventory from start to 3/11/’20, each section will be about 300 words long so don’t know how many it will need.

Some brief preceding statements – Many of the earlier blogs were diary like but with some context and landscape history content. Compiling this inventory has been interesting for me as I had forgotten about some things mentioned. The things I have written about reflect my personality and interests: interest in wildlife, plants and trees, the weather, regional overview, historical context (sense of continuity), dislike of bigotry (religious or otherwise), political independence, evoking an image of the past for its inherent interest value and to inform the present, etc.

Inventory.

‘Blog starts here’ – 18/2/’16.

Blow wells – 19/2/’16.

Barrow on Humber W.E.A. class – 2 blogs – 23 and 28/3/’16.

Barrow book and presentation in Barton – 7/4/’16.

Hornsea visit – 12/4/’16.

Tides – 2 blogs – 12 and 13/4/’16.

Thetford, Norfolk – 18/5/’16.

Denver Sluice – 18/5/’16.

St Nicholas church, Kings Lynn – 18/5/’16.

Three walks – 30/5/’16.

Wallingfen walk – 13/7/’16.

Worcester – 11/8/’16.

Skipsea Castle and migrations – 10/10/’16.

Skipsea – 20/10/’16.

Wetland fauna beside Sluice Rd. – 2/11/’16.

Another section of the R. Hull walked – 14/11/’16.

Dreams – 17/11/’16.

Assembly Rooms to sabre-toothed tiger (taking a specific point and tracing back its history, basic exercise in landscape history) – 19/11/’16.

Another section of R. Hull walked – 29/11/’16.

Migrant flocks – 8/12/’16.

Demise of stores in Hull – 9/12/’16.

Planning projects for 2017 – 13/12/’16.

Stonehenge – 13/12/’16.

Book by B. Heald (growing-up in east Hull) – 19/12/’16.

Another section of the R. Hull – 19/12/’16.

Visit to Scarborough – 24/12/’16.

‘How insignificant the Earth’s cultures, beliefs and politicing seem’ – 27/12/’16.

Threatened flood – 15/1/’17.

High Yorkshire Wolds – 2 blogs – 16 and 18/1/’17.

Hessle to N. Ferriby – 21/1/’17.

History of Baysgarth Park – 29/1/’17.

Humber Estuary – 21/2/’17.

Suffolk Palace – 22/2/’17.

River Hull – 3 blogs – 22 to 25/2/’17.

Bransholme history display – 28/2/’17.

Another section of the R. Hull – 4/3/’17.

Blackthorn – 6/3/’17.

Various – 17/3/’17.

Reed-bed management at Barton – 18/3/’17.

Walking Middlegate – 19/3/’17.

(to be continued).