A-Z of Hull
15th January 2023
Kingston upon Hull has witnessed huge changes in its history. The city’s position on the confluence of the River Hull and the Humber estuary enabled it to grow into a major port and trading centre, with fishing and whaling as significant industries. Hull’s industrial importance meant the city suffered devastating aerial bombardment during World War 2 and the decline in fishing and other traditional industries in the postwar era has meant that much of the city has had to be rebuilt or regenerated in recent decades. In recognition of the city’s cultural heritage and its regeneration, Hull was awarded the accolade UK City of Culture in 2017.
In A-Z of Hull authors Paul Gwilliam and Lindsay Bennett delve into the history of the city. They highlight well-known landmarks and famous residents such as William Wilberforce, campaigner for the abolition of slavery, its cream-coloured telephone boxes, a legacy from when the city ran its own telecommunications, and the poet William Larkin who set many of his poems in the city while working as librarian at Hull University, also dig beneath the surface to uncover some of the lesser known facts about Hull and its hidden places of interest. This fascinating A-Z tour of Hull’s history is fully illustrated with photography and will appeal to all those with an interest in this city in the East Riding of Yorkshire.