Vandog Traveller

Welcome to Hull – my home city

The city of Hull, UK, is where I grew up. I lived here all my life and moved away when I was 20. Hull was the starting point of my journey when I set off around Europe in a van with my two friends in 2014 (see the tracker map) and it’s where I go back to when I’m in the UK.

I’ve shown you all the other places I’ve been in Europe so now I’ll show you where I came from…

Hull is here

Our annual fair (Hull fair) that is the biggest travelling fair in Europe and the oldest – since 1278

Hull University gave us the LCD display

It was the groundbreaking discoveries led by Professor George Gray that led to the development of the LCD screen at Hull University

The houses go from this…

To this…

We call this a ‘tenfoot’

It’s the 10′ wide strip of land between the backs of houses stretching hundreds of metres. It’s pretty much where you spend most your time as a kid, ‘larking out’ in the tenfoot

William Wilberforce was born here

He was the main guy who stopped the slave trade

So now we have an annual festival in the streets: The Freedom Festival

Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia was from Hull

We gave the world Lemsip, Bonjela and Gaviscon

Our Humber bridge was the longest single span suspension bridge in the world for 17 years

You can walk, cycle or drive along here. Construction finished in 1982. It’s 2.2km long and cost £151,000,000 – I think we’re still paying that off

And our river isn’t dirty. We just have a lot of clay

Hull was the most bombed city in the UK, apart from London, during the second world war

More than half of the city centre was destroyed and nearly half of the population made homeless

But we still have a few nice buildings left

This place, The New Adelphi Club, is legendary

This is my favourite place in Hull for live music and good people. This is where all musicians start in Hull. Stone Roses, Oasis, Radiohead and Pulp even played here back in the day. Here’s a video clip (link) of John Peel talking about it with the owner, Paul Jackson.

Hull gave us The Housemartins who later became beautiful south

And the 90s music duo Everything But The Girl

They kind of took their name from the slogan on this shop in Hull

We have many good buildings to explore

Getting to the top of this building was one of the many memorable things I did as a teenager in Hull. I wanted my pirate radio station to reach across the whole city. You make your own fun.

photo by David Wright

Philip Larkin, the world famous poet and novelist, lived here.

I think what he said about Hull is perfect…

Now here’s a guy drinking a pint on top of a bus stop

And here are two grown men feeding a whole shopping trolley of bread to the ducks

Did you know we have white telephone boxes? The rest of the UK has red

That’s because we have our own telephone infrastructure – Kingston Communications. We can’t have BT, It’s KC or nothing.

But now we also have a gold one

They painted gold it to honour Luke Campbell (he’s from Hull) who won a gold medal at the 2012 olympic games.

Hull was once voted worst city to live

You could confuse that with Solihull, which was voted the best

But that’s in the past. Hull is going to be the UK’s city of culture in 2017