Kingston upon Hull: the history and buildings of a European port
Tuesday, 29 October, 2013 - 19:30 to 20:30
A lecture by Dr David Neave Hull's status as Yorkshire's second-most historic city and the variety and richness of its architecture are too often overlooked. Few cities have experienced Hull's uninterrupted position as one of Britain's leading centres of population and economic activity over nine centuries. This illustrated talk will explore the port's long history through its buildings from the splendid Holy Trinity church, founded by King Edward I, through the fine merchant houses of the 17th and 18th centuries and grand Victorian and Edwardian commercial and civic buildings, to the Deep which heralded the city's 21st century regeneration. The role of key figures in Hull's past will be explored including the De la Poles, wealthy merchants who became dukes of Suffolk and possible contenders for the throne, the poet Andrew Marvel who was an active MP for the town for almost 20 years, and William Wilberforce, campaigner for the abolition of the slave trade.
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