Historic Towns Trust publish historical map of Hull

PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:21 28 July 2017

Holy Trinity Church, given the status as Minster in May this year, was built in the 1300s and is one of  Hull's most historic buildings

Holy Trinity Church, given the status as Minster in May this year, was built in the 1300s and is one of Hull's most historic buildings

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The importance of being a king’s town is mapped out for Hull

A map of the northern part of Old TownA map of the northern part of Old Town

A map of Hull showing how the city looked at the height of its maritime, commercial and industrial success has been published as part of the 2017 cultural celebrations. It tells the story of the city’s making, its development in brick, stone, dockland infrastructure and street patterns, for the first time. Locations of lost medieval buildings are included, along with other features that have disappeared such as the zoological and botanic gardens, former stations and lost churches.

The map also shows how the town’s medieval defences were replaced by city walls at the time of the Civil War, only to be replaced in turn by docks constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries that surrounded Hull’s Old Town to make it an island.

The Historic Towns Trust together with the University of Hull worked on the map which is published to coincide with the city’s status as UK City of Culture in 2017.

Professor Keith Lilley, chair of the Historic Towns Trust, said the map of Hull was a very valuable and rewarding project. ‘Hull’s fascinating history has for too long been overlooked and producing this map has given us the opportunity to visualise for the first time the city across its many centuries of development,’ he added.

A new map hightlights Hull's historic buildings for the first timeA new map hightlights Hull's historic buildings for the first time

‘By using an OS map of 1928 as the background, people can see Hull’s past in a familiar context. Although there has been much rebuilding since that date, there’s enough that’s still recognisable to be able to give a lot of meaning to the lost buildings.’

Research was carried out by David Evans, a retired Hull city archaeologist and by Drs David and Susan Neave of Hull University who are experts on Hull’s townscape. Professor David Atkinson, also from the university, who wrote the introduction to the map, said: ‘The map is aimed at a wide public and we’re sure that it will be of interest to anyone who lives in, or is interested in Hull and its history. It is a unique contribution to Hull’s special year.’

The map also includes a gazetteer listing the main buildings and structures and briefly outlining their histories. It also has colour illustrations of some of the city’s landmarks and a map of Hull by Robert Thew from 1784.

The Historical Map of Kingston upon Hull was launched at the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) in High Street in the heart of the Old Town.

Southern Old TownSouthern Old Town

The map, in full colour throughout, costs £8.99. ISBN 978-0-9934698-2-4.

The Historic Towns Trust is a registered charity which researches the history and topography of British towns and cities and produces and publishes maps and atlases, especially the British Historic Towns Atlas. The Historic Towns Atlas of York was published just over a year ago.

Go to historictownsatlas.org.uk for more information.

City history

Kingston upon Hull is considered one of Yorkshire’s most historic cities. It was founded as a small settlement called Wyke by the Cistercian monks of Meaux Abbey and grew commercially because of its natural harbour by the River Hull.

King Edward I bought the town in 1293 — hence the name of ‘king’s town’ upon Hull — and royal officials developed a planned, fortified town which soon became an increasingly important trading port and ecclesiastical centre boasting two churches and Carmelite and Augustinian friaries. Hull was on course to become one of the nation’s most important ports.

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