Priory Cinema, Spring Bank West c1960, Hull
Memories of Priory Cinema, Spring Bank West c1960, Hull
Hull & local memories
Read and share memories of Hull and North Humberside inspired by Frith photos.
Gran And Grandad Burnett
My Dad's family, the Burnetts, live in Kingston Upon Hull. Most summers in the 60s and 70s we stayed at grans for a week. Grandad worked on the Boating lake he was the one you paid your fare to; my sister and I always remember him shouting "Come in number -", whatever number your boat was. He always wore his flatcap,and grew lovely roses in his front garden. Auntie Alice was amazing she was always baking and kept made cakes in the pantry, which was a favourite place to hide when we played hide and seek. Another great place to hide was in the bushes at the bottom of the garden. Gran loved showing us the shops on Holderness Road and where she sometimes played Bingo. Those holidays every summer hold special memories for me; of seeing my dad with his brothers having a laugh and catching up with news, Auntie Alice ironing whilst listening to the radio. The memories are there, some of the family not, but loved and... Read more
Boating on The Lake
The photo above, of the two Lads on the lake is of my Brother Graham and I. I can`t remember it myself but apparently, Graham tells me, he was fed up because he wasn`t allowed to drive the boat as he was too small.
Commercial Hotel, Castle Street
We moved here in November 1949 - Mother was horrified, I thought it the most wonderful, exciting place to be. The corner room upstairs was used by the previous tenants for pigeons, racing I think. A good scrub was needed before Mum considered it clean enough to hang the washing. My brother and I shared the large billiard room, as a combined bedroom and playroom. We had two dogs, Patricia and Freckles, five cats (to catch the mice that had overrun the place) two tortoises and Peter the budgie, who could talk. Uncles Reg and Ted, plainclothes policemen, would keep an eye on us. Dad went back to sea. Annie lived next door and Gwennie would come in the pub. After hours, my brother and I would help stick lables on the beer bottles. For me a happy seven years, but not for Mum and my brother. Any photos of the pub would be interesting to see.
10th Service Battalion East Yorks Regiment Enlist in Hull in 1914
My Great Uncle John Percy Norfolk enlisted at Wenlock Barracks, Anlaby Road, Hull on 1st September 1914 and became a private in the "Hull Pals". The barracks at 380 Anlaby Road were built around 1911 on the site of a former private residence known as Somerset House. Writing now in 2012 this area is scheduled for demolition and redevelopment. Great-Uncle John's battalion was known as a Service Battalion as the men who enlisted all committed to serve for the duration of the hostilities. Their Battalion became known as the "Commercials" as all the men were tradesmen from around Hull. They formed one of four Battalions in Hull. Great-Uncle John Norfolk (known to me as "Uncle Percy") was promoted to Lance-Corporal early in 1915 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant later that year, and to Lieutenant in 1916. He trained at Hornsea and Ripon before active service in Egypt and France (where he was severely wounded at Helmterre and required repatriation to England for surgery). There... Read more
Machine Gunning in Daylight at Saltend in The Second World War
I lived in Marfleet during the Second World War. One afternoon we heard a machine gun from the direction of Saltend. Not long after, a column of smoke arose. It was said at the time that a 2-man Heinkel float plane had landed in the Humber opposite Saltend and had machine-gunned the works and fractured a pip line. Can anyone remember this? Regards, Terry McComiah, 61 Beach Road, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
A Winter Crossing on The North Sea
I well remember the King George Dock as I embarked here with 33rd Signal Regiment (a TAVR unit formerly known as the Lancashire and Cheshire Yeomanry). We were en route to Germany having a posting to RAF Gutersloh for annual training and we travelled to and from Rotterdam in rotten winter weather in November 1968. The entire regimental vehicle pool went aboard - everything from fully loaded three tonners to our secret "Comcen" trucks, all escorted by Land Rovers. Each vehicle carried a warning sign on the back saying "Achtung - keine blinkzeichen" (warning - no indicators) and we filled the ferry with our equipment and troops. It was a particularly rough crossing on our return to Hull. In fact it was so rough that we lost a great many of our vehicle lights. The cause was simple: the Rotterdam ferry staff insisted that we parked our transport on the vehicle deck in the normal civilian style of just a few inches gap between bumpers. They had taken no account of the... Read more
Opening of The 'New' Hull Police Station
My great-grandfather, Richard Gillett, was an Alderman and laid the foundation stone for this building. I don't suppose that there is a photo of the Foundation Stone anywhere, is there? A member of our family has the engraved silver trowel and gavel which were presented to him at the time.
Sheila Weston, nee Trenbath
My Mam was from Hull and I was born there. We moved to Wales when I was three. We used to go to visit my Gran in Glebe Road, and my Aunt Hilda. We loved the patties and fish and chips. They were the best. I remember the trams, the parks and riding bikes. Us children, my brothers and I, did not like the smell from reckits factoryl My dad used to laugh as we held our noses walking past there. They were great holidays.
My First And Last Jobs in Hull
This is a photo of the Derringham Branch of the Hull Savings Bank where I started as a junior bank clerk at the age of 16 on 31st August 1965, probably around the time when this photo was taken. It certainly looks right.
This was my first job after leaving Riley High School, just down the road from the bank. The heating in the building was powered by a big coal fired boiler in the cellar and one of my main tasks was to shovel coal down the coal chute and stoke the boiler, not what I had expected when I had applied for a job as a bank clerk and all this for the princely salary of £325 a year.
What a lovely buiding this was, especially in 1965. Polished wood panelling everywhere; solid mahogany counter; highly polished (and dangerously slippery!) parquet floors where the staff worked and a beautiful mosaic floor in the customer area with the Kingston Upon Hull three crowns crest set... Read more
Harry and Margaret Coupland (my Aunt) 1949/50s they had a market stall in Hull market. I remember visiting them, Harry had a large greenhouse in the garden full of tomatoes. Son, Peter and wife moved from a nissen hut into a new house - they had a market garden at Jenny Brough growing sweet peas and other flowers for the market, Can anyone remember them Also my father George Jennings he and Mum managed a working men's club in Hessle about 1940. 1949 they moved th Commercial Hotel Castle Street Hull.
Fadges From Arnett's Bakery
It's late Friday night and you're hungry. I mean really late. 2am. What do you do ? You go down Princes Avenue to Arnett's bakery and queue up at the back entrance sniffing the goodies being baked for Saturday, and wait to be served. When the large round loaves come out of the oven, someone cuts them in half. Into each half they stuff a staggering amount of cheese, or ham, maybe bacon. The bread is still hot and moist.
If you can eat 2 of these you're a man. You would also be bursting.
A great place to eat them in those days was on a bench in Pearson Park with a bottle of Bulmers cider, as it's getting light. It wasn't anti-social in those days, it was social.