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18 Mar

I pondered why there might be a sliding door all secured and what have you underneath Myton Bridge. Then the answer came to me; it’s obvious when you think about it. This is the home of the famous Hull Troll (“fol-de-rol” ) so be careful or he’ll eat you up for supper.
The weekend in black and white is here.

There was a crooked man …

25 Feb

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;
He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

The Lighted Doorway

13 Jul

I took this back in December and somehow forgot about it. This is the Venn building at the University, in daylight it looks like this.

2 High Sttreet

23 May

I don’t why it has two doors maybe the first wasn’t wide enough. Anyhow not so very long ago this place looked like this; so it’s scrubbed up nicely hasn’t it.

Samman House

10 Sep

The last in an impromptu triplet of doorways is this on Bowlalley Lane complete with bin bags. The story of the rise (if that’s the right word) of Henry Samman from Oxfordshire born cabin boy to Hull shipping magnate, owner of the Deddington Steamship Company, mayor of Beverley and eventual baronet can be read here should you want a good read. Hull’s chamber of commerce and shipping no longer resides here and indeed the whole building was recently (2013) refurbished and converted into “eight unique high specification apartments” which I suppose explains the trash. A recent addition, well I’ve only just noticed it, is the little picture of what I believe is the SS Elf in company colours.

Ocean Chambers. Lowgate

16 Mar

Well the doorway was open so I did not resist the temptation to have a sneaky peak inside. This is Ocean Chambers on Lowgate built in 1900 in what is called a baroque revival style. It has some pretty fancy detailing including this cartouche with attending dolphins. I’m assuming from the name that it had some maritime/shipping connection originally, now it’s the offices of a law firm.

John, Luke, Mark and Matthew

2 Oct

Somehow this massive 18th century carved oak door survived the ravages of the Gilbert Scott’s ‘restoration’ of Beverley Minster. The door depicts from right to left the four evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John with their respective symbols. A family of craftsmen by the name of Thornton is responsible for this door and the baptismal font cover which I’ll show some time soon. The same Thorntons also saved the North transept from collapsing.
In reality the door is a very dark brown  but my camera failed me (or I failed it) and underexposed it; so to make an anywhere decent image I’ve had to play around ending up with this black and white image, it’s a bit clearer if you click on it for the bigger version. Below shows the impressive door surround (they did like their statues back then) and the base of the West window which I’ll show tomorrow.
The Weekend in Black and White is here.