Monthly Archives: January 2021

Update and overview for 2021, 3.

Poulson divides his 160 page overview on the history of Holderness into the following sections;

Roman era – nine pages (Poulson, in the early 19th century, had not the benefit of later discoveries about the pre-history of the region).

Anglo-Saxon era – six pages.

Norman era – three pages.

Earls of Albemarle (‘Lords of the Seignory’, Lords of Holderness) – 79 pages (compare with the work of Prof. Barbara English on this topic).

Deanery of Holderness – 19 pages.

Drainage – 24 pages.

Population – 10 pages.

Wapentake of Holderness – nine pages.

Two words in this introduction to Poulson’s work perhaps need some explanation; (a) ‘Seigniory’ (see the title page image on yesterday’s blog) is defined as a territory under the dominion of a lord, a feudal landholding, (b) wapentake is defined as a medieval sub-division of a shire county within theĀ  counties of Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. In other English counties a similar area of subdivision was known as a ‘hundred’.

George Poulson died at the age of 75 in 1858.

Also on his title page Poulson summarises his sources of evidence as ‘authentic charters, records and the unpublished manuscripts of the Rev. William Dade. In other words Poulson had permission to use the notes and manuscripts of the late Rev. Dade, and indeed thereby to produce a publication that Rev. Dade had been unable to produce in his lifetime. The Rev. Dade, vicar of Barmston for many years, figures in the Dictionary of National Biography (see the website), this unlike George Poulson.

By 1840 George Poulson was already well known in regional literary circles as in 1829 his previous great work had been published, ‘Beverlac: or the Antiquities and History of the town of Beverley, in the County of York: and of the Provostry and Collegiate establishment of St. John’s’.

The above scan is taken from Henry William Ball’s History of Barton, published 1856. this is relevant as shall be seen in the next blog.

Update and Overview for 2021 2.

Two article projects suggested by myself for the annual newsletter of the East Yorkshire Local History Society are; (a) An analysis of George Poulson’s study of the parishes of Holderness as published in 1840, with particular reference to the parish of Hornsea, and (b) A comparison of the topography and economic development of South Ferriby and Kingston-upon-Hull (this may not be the exact final title). The idea behind the rather unlikely comparison in (b) is that in fact the two areas have an almost identical topography but have clearly developed in very contrasting ways, why?

I have a very very tatty copy of George Poulson’s History and Antiquities of the Seignory of Holderness in the East Riding of the County of York (see above), first published in 1840 which includes a list of the Patrons and Subscribers following the author’s preface. The half-dozen Patrons were headed by, the young, Queen Victoria and included the Archbishop of York. The long list of 353 subscribers was headed by 24 members of the gentry, of which five were Members of Parliament. Of the 353 26 were from the region that can now be called south Humberside, this not so surprising as a considerable proportion of theĀ  coastline of the county of Lindsey faced the south coast of Holderness across the Humber Estuary, while 83 subscribers were recorded as having their (basic) addresses outside the Humberside region. That said, the most common address given for subscribers was ‘Hull’.

Poulson also credits eight libraries, four of Cambridge colleges, two of Oxford colleges, the ‘Hull (Lyceum) Library’ and the ‘Aldbrough Subscription Library’. Whether the directors of these were willing to provide a corporate subscription or whether they were relevant repositories, or both, is not clear to me.

Before Poulson embarked on his parish-by-parish history his Vol. 1 has about 160 pages of general notes on a succession of headings.

(the next blog will start with these).

Update and overview for 2021.

The blog posted on 11/11/’20 was the final one of my Inventory of blogs up to that point (over four and a half years). Since then a 20 blog section has been added under the heading Disused Rail-lines as Public Rights of Way, these uploaded between 13/11/’20 and 31/12/’20.

Having taken a week off I need to think about the coming year. My long-term research project – History of Hull’s Municipal Parks, Cemeteries, Playing Fields and Allotments has taken a big hit with the pandemic and resulting lock-downs because the Hull History Centre has either been closed or their services severely restricted for almost a year now. When normal service will be resumed is anyone’s guess with the current third national lockdown and the highest death rates being recorded nationally of the whole pandemic.

Have taken-on a couple of initiatives beyond my immediate daily round – regular litter picking in the Pearson Park, part of Beverley Road and Grove St. areas (a Facebook group ‘Litter Friends’, recently renamed, co-ordinates and encourages this sort of voluntary local initiative and is having a positive effect), secondly have taken-on responsibility of Secretary and Newsletter Editor for the Friends of Pearson Park and thirdly have taken-on another and much larger allotment on the Clough Road Allotment Association site.

I took-on a small plot about a year ago which had previously been the site of a wood-chip pile. Gradually, over the summer and autumn, got it divided into six beds with grass paths between and all winter-dug ready for planting 2021. When, in November, offered the chance to take-on a much bigger plot I, hesitatingly, decided to do so. Therefore will be giving-up the smaller plot for someone else to plant-up in the spring – crazy, I know. That said, digging is good exercise and allotment sites are places where social distancing is easily maintained.

(to be continued).