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17 Dec

This is the Danish Sailors’ Church of  St Nikolaj on the corner of Osborne Street and Ferensway. This 1950’s building replaced a Victorian building on the other side of the street destroyed in the bombing of Hull during the last war. There are bells in this tower but I’ve never heard them ring. 

Shotwell Tower

12 Apr

Close by Drypool Bridge this place produces shotgun cartridges for the entertaining business of slaughtering birds specially reared to be ‘sport’ for gun toters with rather too much money than sense. The tower is so that molten lead can be sprayed into water from a height so producing lead pellets to further pollute the land. Do I seem a tad down on this place? Well tough.
The Weekend in Black and White is right .here

All Saints’ Day

1 Nov

A church tower is a beacon to direct the faithful to the house of God; it is a badge of ecclesiastical authority, and it is the place from whence the heralds of the solemnities of the church, the bells, send forth the summons. Let no one imagine that a tower is a superfluous expense, it forms an essential part of the building, and should always be provided in the plan of a parochial church.
Augustus Welby Pugin

I thought there had to be a reason for these things that pepper the countryside, there I was thinking they built them for the view. But then again this is Pugin speaking and he was a distinctly odd fellow. Here’s the tower of All Saints church in Driffield built around 1450. As I mentioned earlier the church was revamped by Gilbert Scott in the 1880’s when eight additions were made to the tower, not to everyone’s delight. The church’s own website says of them “The eight pinnacles at the top, 110 feet from the ground, also elaborately panelled, are somewhat unsatisfactory and heavy in appearance:…which gave them a distinctly debased type of crocket decoration”. Still it’s an impressive pile of stones for all that.

Today, the feast of All Saints (somehow I don’t think that’ll ever include me), is also City Daily Photo’s theme day with the subject ‘Heights’. See what others have got up to here.

For Sale May Rent

27 Jan
This is the Tower on Anlaby Road. It opened in 1914 as a cinema. In 1978 it closed and since then it has been a boxing venue, a roller disco and eventually as a night club and fun pub. It is currently for sale.
The Cinema Theatre Association wants someone to buy the place with a view to returning it to a cinema. All the original plaster work is still there. So with a bit of luck Hull might get another cinema.
You can read here about local memories of the place through the years.