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2 Oct

It would be remiss of me to allow you to gain the impression that it is all abandonment and decay in the City of Culture, by no means is that the case, oh no sirree! Here the old ambulance station is  being gently pulled apart. The car park, too, is coming down if it doesn’t fall down first. Roper Street, parts of Osborne Street  and much of Waterhouse Lane [1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ] are also if not already down then soon to be levelled. Since there was no plan to use these old buildings then by all means knock them down and build afresh. But what to build? The fallout from 2008 put an end to Princes Quay’s planned expansion. So what to do? “Hmmm I know”, says a bright spark at the Council (I’m in a generous mood, we all know there’s very little brightness in that place), “let’s borrow, oh I don’t know, about £36 million and build an arena for “bands” to perform and businesses to hold conferences and such like, (other cities have them so why not Hull?) … and lets put it where access will cause maximum disruption to traffic, and let’s make it too small, and let’s make look like a giant yellow slug erupting from the ground and let’s force it through planning after it’s been rejected and and and … let’s call it, oh I don’t know, something like, erm, Hull Venue; how about that for an idea?” See I told you it’s not at all doom and gloom.

These delightful images “borrowed” from the Hull Daily Mail.

The Hull Braves’ Guild

27 Aug

I can’t see anyone nowadays setting up a charity to help disabled people giving it the title of Hull Guild of Brave Poor Things but back in 1898 you could get away with that kind of patronising attitude. The guild was abbreviated to Hull Braves and acquired this rare cast iron framed Victorian warehouse on Roper Street in 1925; it was a refuge for children affected by polio. Thanks to Jonas Salk and his vaccine polio is all but eliminated from the world and I suppose inevitably the Hull Braves disbanded in 2010. But not before selling this building in 2004 for over £100,000. If J P Morgan et al. hadn’t stolen all the world’s money this place would have been demolished to make way for the Quay West redevelopment. I suppose every cloud has a silver lining.