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The man with the golden scroll

5 Feb

There was idle talk sometime back of moving this column back to its original place by Monument Bridge but, surprisingly, wise heads prevailed and it’s staying where it is. However this being the year of culture the scroll, held for so many years in old William Wilberforce’s right hand, has been given a coating of gold leaf. So if your click on the picture to enlarge it and peer, possibly with the help of a magnifying glass, you might just about make out the most useless adornment to a statue in many a long year.

Wilberforce Monument

2 Apr

I have shown this monument to William Wilberforce before but not, I think, from close up and personal. There were rumours of a move back to its original position on Monument Bridge but that is now considered unlikely. Lots of things that were proposed last year are now considered unlikely but that is a story for another day.

The weekend in black and white is here.

Monumental Memorial Madness

25 Jul

Way back in 1935 this thing (well, it is an ugly, phallic monstrosity when all said and done) was rightly considered to be a nuisance and a hazard to traffic and so Hull City Council spent £1,500 moving it from the end of Whitefriargate to the eastern end of Queens Gardens ( see here ). There it stands out of everyone’s way, a focal point, if you like, for the view along the gardens. And there you might think it would stay but you would have reckoned without the all pervading madness that has overcome the City of Culture. The recently announced city facelift that I mentioned some days back includes, if  funds from the National Lottery can be found, a plan to put this darn thing back where it was. I am put in mind of the rearrangement of deckchairs on the Titanic … oh, the cost, I forgot to mention the cost, well multiply the old cost by a thousand and you have it.

Alignment

29 Mar

Around the corner from the Charterhouse is Bourne Street which has nothing much to boast about other than a view of  this alignment of columns and towers. From left to right: the Wilberforce monument, the spire of St Mary, Lowgate, the old Records Office and finally the Guildhall.

Wise Reflections

8 Jan



I know nothing of what this building is for so, as a wise man once said, if you have nothing to say, say nothing.

This is the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, part of the University of  Hull. You’ll find it on High Street right next door to Wilberforce’s house. There’s almost certainly a website but you’re all grown up now and know how to use Google™, so I’ll leave to your own devices.

Am I not a Man and a Brother?

28 Feb

I know very little about this statue, who made it or when. Clearly  it’s related in some way to the abolitionist medallion made by Wedgewood entitled “Am I not a Man and a Brother”. It is to be found in the garden of Wilberforce House.

Wilberforce Museum

29 Dec

At the top of the High Street in Hull’s old town stands the Wilberforce Museum in the house where William Wilberforce lived. Three years ago there was a big celebration of the bicentenary of the passage of the Slave Trade Act with signs attached to every lamppost in the city urging people to sign an anti-slavery petition. A film “Amazing Grace” was made about the struggle to pass the legislation. I’m not sure what good all this did and the cynic in me thinks it was just an excuse to waste public money on entertaining celebrities.
If you go to the museum you can tell me what it’s like since I’ve never been inside the place.