I had been to Kingston-upon-Hull a couple of times in my life but a friend had suggested it as a destination in view of my daughter’s interest in buildings. I’d not been aware that there remained any of the Old Town from the days when the city had held more prominence. So, this in itself was an education for me.

If you’d like to know about the city’s history you can find out here. Suffice to say in this blog post, we only saw the smallest glimpse of this history, in part because I’d managed to get exceedingly cheap train tickets and we were on a time limit.

Notwithstanding, we found the old part of the city and were dismayed that it was crumbling away – literally.

This was in what appeared to be the legal quarter.
Fortunately, not all the older buildings were in the same state of disrepair.

Part of the rationale for walking round the Old Town was to find a suitable venue for lunch. I wanted to support the economy in this area and felt saddened by the limited choices available to us. That is, we found a fair number of pubs and cafés but the menus gave us a choice of burgers – or burgers.

Finally, we found a pub which looked more upmarket, with a clientele that I didn’t think we would leer at my daughter in her fashionably under-dressed state. The burgers were called something else and weren’t all of the meat variety.

View from the Atom Bar, where we ate our lunch. My daughter praised the coleslaw and I would recommend the onion rings in particular. The portion sizes were more than ample.

After a leisurely lunch, we then spent the rest of the time trying to locate a shop selling shoes my daughter would wear to school. In the end, this required an Ecosia search for Clark’s, which stocked a more durable version of the shoes she’d got elsewhere last Christmas. I hope they will be more durable.

To cap it all, I was so pleased to see water on the train heading out of the city. Thus, we have the River Humber.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to Hull

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I have never been to Hull but I’m glad there are some old bits of it left – even if they are not as loved as they deserve to be! Well done for finding school shoes for your daughter – never an easy task!

    • Helen says:

      Thank you!

      There appears to be money from English Heritage and other organisations which is going to be used to improve the Old Town. Perhaps I’ll go back in a few years to see what’s happened.

  2. Ah, Clarkes! A constant factor throughout my school life. Good durable and unexciting footwear. 🙂
    Nice to see mothers carrying on the tradition . . .

  3. I’ve never been there. I wear Clark’s sandals every year from May to October (no socks, of course)

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