Facts about Hull – Visit Hull

Facts about Hull

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ENGLAND’S SMALLEST WINDOW

This often overlooked gem can be found at the George Hotel, Land of Green Ginger in Hull. The window is about 10” x 1” and is said to have been used by the gatekeeper of the Hotel to look out for stagecoaches and customers.

BEVERLEY GATE

The remains of Beverley Gate are where, in 1642, Sir John Hotham refused Charles I entry to the city, an act of defiance widely acknowledged as the spark that ignited the English Civil War.

ROYALS ON THE THRONE

There are 2 statues of monarchs in Hull
city centre. Both are located above public conveniences.

WHITE TELEPHONE BOXES

Hull is the only place in the country not to have BT provide its telephone services. The Hull Telephone Department was launched in 1904, later becoming Kingston Communications. For 115 years, they have set Hull apart – and been a symbol of the city’s determination to do things differently.

FAMOUS PEOPLE

Sisters in Spitfires

AMY JOHNSON CBE

Pioneering aviator and the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930. She also set a string of other records throughout her career.

Discover more about this famous Hullensian and the Moth Trail

William Wilberforce

WILLIAM WILBERFORCE

Fought to end Britain’s involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He used his position as a spokesperson for the Abolition Movement and was the first
Member of Parliament to raise the issue in the House of Commons.

EBENEZER COBB MORLEY

Founding member of the FA 1862 who drafted the original rules of the game.

ZIGGY STARDUST & THE SPIDERS FROM MARS

MICK RONSON

Singer, composer, guitarist and producer who achieved critical and commercial success working with David Bowie as one of the Spiders from Mars and later recorded several solo albums.

JOHN VENN

English mathematician, logician and philosopher noted for introducing the Venn diagram.

DID YOU KNOW

Hull is the first full fibre broadband city
in the country.

Home to the Humber Bridge, the world’s
longest leisure bridge.

People from Hull are referred to as
Hullensians.

Needlers Sweets Hull

Boiled sweets, liquid
crystal displays (LCDs) and Lemsip all
had their origins in Hull.

Hull Fair is arguably the largest travelling
fair in Europe and had its 700 year anniversary
in 1993.