Chris and I were born in Hull, Yorkshire. UK and have lived here all our lives. Although we travel around a bit to other parts of the UK and around the world our hearts belong to the town we live in. All our families are here and we could never leave ( unless they all came with us lol). Our love of Hull got us thinking about all the places in Hull we have been and some of the treasures our town has and thought we would go and see if we could find some hidden treasures.
We were heading to a fairly old part if town which is quite run down but has some hidden beauty behind the overgrown trees and boarded up windows. The area I am talking about is called bankside, this is an area of Hull which runs along the sides of the River Hull. The beginning of the River Hull snakes off from the River Humber at the point where The Deep was built. If you have not heard of The Deep it is an aquarium looking over the River Humber with over 3,000 different creatures from the sea. It’s amazing what Alexa knows. So glad we bought one! Further down is the Tidal Barrier, this was erected to protect Hull if and when the river rises.
As you go further down the river there are a few road bridges and then you reach bankside. A lot of the dock areas are getting redeveloped at the moment so hopefully bankside will be on the councils list at some point. We had been to drop the car off for a service and walked down Swan Street.
I never really took time to check out the architecture in these areas as they look old and run down but when you do it is a shocker as some of the buildings are really beautiful. As you can see from these pictures. As we walk around the area we come across the much talked about Banksy on an old bridge, we used to call it Scott Street Bridge, now its Banksy’s Bridge.
It’s weird he chose here to paint, although it is secluded so he would not get disturbed, as there are more prominent places he could have painted. Not far from the Banksy are other examples of grafitti, not by Banksy but maybe our own born and bred up and coming artist. As well as grafitti the architecture hidden around here is pretty nice to we found these little gems hidden along the way. Some of them must have been here for over 100 years. After all Hull has been around since approximately 1193ad. WOW I just learned that I lived here all my life and never knew it was that old. I really need to do some research on the town I live in especially now I know how old it is . I am really impressed. Anyway back to bankside, totally randomly we found this old house just on its own in the middle of the street full of old warehouses. I always loved finding little snickets when I was a child ( if you don’t know a snicket is a small narrow street/path usually leading from one place to another sometimes to know where but you have to go done them to find that out) I find them fascinating as when you enter them you are never sure where you will come out and sometimes they turn out to be a dead-end full of rubbish. We found this one down bankside but as we had Theo and his pram decided to return later to explore where it went. I will let you know what happens. We carried on and came out of bankside to Freetown way, this road has not been here a long time 20 maybe 30 years but as you walk along it hidden by trees we found this little hidden gem along with the building was a plaque, it made me wonder how many people would have seen this in the 21st century.
I bet it’s not many. So you see as well as Hull bring 2017 City of Culture we still have a long way to go with redevelopment of some areas but when they are complete you will be glad you visited such a beautiful place.
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