Archive | October, 2012

Sandy walk

31 Oct

You can walk your dog on Bridlington beach only when the ‘tourists’ have gone home.
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Angelic

30 Oct

Spring Bank Cemetery has a few angel tombstones, sadly many of them have been damaged by the elements or plain old vandalism. This one seems intact. It is the grave of one Wilfred Jessop (d 1930), his wife Isabella Maud (d 1924) and his mother-in-law, Jane Hooper (d 1914). I can find nothing about these people but I’m assuming they had money, monuments like this were not and are not cheap.

There similar posts over at Taphophile Tragics.

Opulent Autumn Cemetery

29 Oct

You don’t have to be a lover of graveyards to appreciate the glories of Spring Bank Cemetery. At this time of year it’s looks spectacular.

The cemetery is on the Larkin Trail. Philip Larkin described it as the most beautiful place in Hull and for once I could almost agree. In defending the cemetery against “improvement” in the late 70s he said it was a “natural cathedral, an inimitable blended growth of nature and humanity of over a century; something that no other town could create whatever its resources”. I  think he might just be guilty of exaggeration. 

1912

28 Oct

The immature gull on the right has just been given a hard lesson that the free lunch is no longer available, I expect he’ll survive. There’s no shortage of gulls round these parts. The stonework is the top of the facade of Bridlington station.
See more of the Weekend in Black and White here.

Barmston Drain

26 Oct

The Beverley and Barmston drain to give it its full name drains the land between Beverley and Driffield and runs to the west of the river Hull joining it just before the mouth of the river. The pictures here are from the stretch near Sculcotes Lane in Hull. It’s pleasant enough now with a tarmac footpath, almost civilised, but when the gas works and electricty power station were operating up to the 1960s the drain was used for cooling the plant and waste hot water was pumped back into the drain making it steaming and polluted. Houses backed on to the drain it was all very Dickensian. Here’s Philip Larkin in 1964 having a stroll by the drain while reading one of his more depressing verses.

Now the drain is crystal clear and well stocked with fish and there’s abundant wildlife. Of course where there’s drains there’s rats.

Blue Bridge

26 Oct

Run out of interesting pictures so here’s a boring blue bridge to be going on with. It’s Cottingham station and that’s the Hull train.

As Advertised

25 Oct
This couple of buskers on Whitefriargate the other day were actually not bad. The guy on the left had a mighty voice on him. I saw someone give them money, practically unheard of in Hull.