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Going to the inevitable

4 May

If you have a slightly better memory than me you may faintly recall a post about the old Blundell Street school and its predicament, (here it is). It’s had its share of vandalism over the years. The Council is at loggerheads with the owner over a new development, there had been talk of compulsory purchase and well, it’s all so sadly familiar. So it was really no great surprise to wake up on Sunday morning to news that this place had been ravaged by a huge fire, no surprise at all; what took them so long?. 

There’s some neat drone footage from Octovision Media.: School Fire 30/4/16 from Octovision Media on Vimeo.


True story

7 Jul
This little house has been empty for some time. Emptiness is taken as an invitation by low-life scum to enter and take out all the copper piping, to  mess the place up, break all the windows, squat for a while, use as a drug den and then finally set fire to it. Add to all that the failure of the foundations leading some real fancy cracks, it’s a wonder it hasn’t fallen down. In the above picture the rear extension is on the point of tumbling over. The Council have scheme to bring properties like this back to life but the damage was too great even for that most generous of institutions, it gave the place a zero value; £0!!
Still the place was not doomed for a Prince Charming had fallen in love with this sleeping little money pit and set his heart on restoring it to its former glory. So just the other week after years of trying to trace the owner he finally bought the place and has set about clearing the overgrown garden (mainly elderberry and ivy not thorns! This is not a fairy tale!) and will shortly be demolishing those parts about to fall down with a view to rebuilding. This blog (and, I suppose, the nice guy who lives next door) wishes him well!

Going, going, almost gone

13 Jun

The recent fire at the New York Hotel uncovered weaknesses in the neighbouring Albert Hall on Midland Street. The Council, for once not taking its time, issued notices to fix it by the end of the month or it will be demolished. Well as you can see the facade, which was dropping bit and bobs on the pavement below, has gone and the rest will no doubt soon follow at the tax payers expense while the Council chase up the owners for the money ….

Arson about

7 May

…and that makes three. Following fires at the Cornmill Hotel and then Lambert Street chapel it seemed only a matter of time before yet another derelict building got the ordeal by fire. Investigators says they cannot rule out a link between these fires. So far no-one’s been injured but give it time ….

I have posted several times  the sad tale of this place the latest is here.

I think I may have jinxed Joynsons, the shop with the scaffolding in the background. Shortly after mentioning they had been trading here since 1890 a large piece of masonry fell off the building, no-one was hurt. Ooops!
The weekend in black and white is here.

By schisms rent asunder

20 Apr

First of all I admit to coming here once again with half a story. I don’t know what the intentions are regarding the recently burnt out Methodist chapel on Lambert Street. What I can say is that the triangular pediment that looked like it might tumble down at any moment has gone, also the top storey on one side. But most of the front, back and one side look, to my untrained eye, to be solid; so there might some hope of salvaging something out of all this. However the building is still in the hands of  “East Yorkshire’s experts in demolition” so we’ll just have to wait and see. As I said, half a story, if that.

See how great a flame aspires …

15 Apr

Kindled by a spark of grace!
I could not say that I was entirely surprised to learn yesterday morning that the George Lamb Memorial Chapel on Lambert Street had been destroyed by fire. As I mentioned in my post three years ago it had been in a fairly derelict state for years and last used for God bothering 21 years ago. Other long empty buildings have been subject to similar blazes in the recent past. 
I’d heard rumours the Council were going to buy it under the compulsory purchase system but I don’t know if anything came of that. Anyhow that’s all a bit moot at the moment. The innards are completely gone and engineers are testing the structural viability of the shell. Let’s hope the facade is sound enough to be saved at least though it does look a bit iffy to be honest. There is, of course, plenty of scuttlebutt about how convenient this destruction might be for any potential developer, I couldn’t possibly comment.


23 Mar
Our purpose is to promote quality in placemaking 
and the built environment in the Hull and Humber region” 
                                                                                          From Arc-online
And so the great wind powered wigwam that was the Arc has gone and in so doing left a large concrete legacy. The place was set up to develop a sense of ‘Hullness’ (I kid you not) and with this bankrupt mess they’ve certainly attained Hullness of the highest order. I wonder if environmentalists do irony or do they just look for next subsidy?