Another hot summer Saturday and an intrepid YTI group headed to Paragon Station in Hull for the start of a walking tour of the city centre led by Chris Whiteley. The group was a mix of current residents, former residents and first-time visitors to Hull and we started our journey by the statue of Phillip Larkin, poet and former librarian at Hull University. From there we made our way through the city centre streets taking in some of the ancient and modern sights of the city centre such as the white phone boxes, the wonderful Punch Hotel, the rather less wonderful Princes Quay shopping centre and the statue of Queen Victoria standing atop the main public conveniences in the city centre.
A refreshment stop in the old fruit market quarter, now an upcoming cultural centre, was followed by a tour of the Master’s house and buildings of Hull Charterhouse, a former Carthusian monastery and almshouse which was founded in the 14th century and still operates as an almshouse to this day. The current Master greeted us all with a generous glass of sherry and a personal tour of house, gardens and place of worship which is currently undergoing renovation.
By now we were all in need of some sustenance, so we headed back into the old town to the Sailmakers Arms for a bite to eat and to listen to the landlord telling us about which film stars had been in the pub that week after filming in the street outside had finished.
Despite having lived in Hull for 9 years in the 1990s I learned a whole load of new facts and saw buildings I’d never previously seen.
A huge thankyou to Chris Whiteley, who led us around, arranged our visit to Charterhouse and improved our knowledge of the people, buildings and history of Kingston Upon Hull in such an entertaining and engaging way.