SUTTON & WAWNE MUSEUMinside the Old School, Sutton on Hull, East Yorkshire
USEFUL GENERAL HISTORY LINKS
ONCE AGAIN, MOST OF THESE LINKS
Click the History Links button
to ease your eyes,
Most of these links are to other sites,
SERIOUS HISTORY LINKS
Old Books and MSS
At risk of viewers thinking we may be trying to guide them away
from our own site, we post even more History Links on yet another page
to other sites of more general, but even deeper historical interest.
Some have connections to the East Riding, and some to the wider UK,
and the first ones are to FREE eBooks. I know it sounds improbable,
but they are genuinely free to use. Once there, just watch for futher links
to not-so-free products or services. Be careful where you 'click, tap, or point'.
And do 'Bookmark' us so that you can come back here and find us again.
TIPS ON BROKEN OR OBSOLETE LINKS
With the internet as we know it being now some 30 years old, it stands to reason that many original links and website addresses will have changed over the years, or even no longer exist. I'm sure you've sometimes clicked a link and nothing happens, or an annoying page of adverts you didn't want pops up. It's the same with me, it happens occasionally when I check this links page that some no longer work. Sometimes, the address has changed ever so slightly, but often it's disappeared entirely. If there is a page you used to visit, that no longer exists, and desperately need to see again, all may not be lost. It may be a page you wrote, on a site that went down, and you want to recover the text. There is an excellent archive site, that continuously trawls the web and archives pages at regular intervals, say every couple of months or so.
But, before you despair and give up, try this tip : many websites still have the same address, but for one letter, an 'S' ... where the site has gone 'secure' and so adds an 's' to the http, to make it 'https'. So, just add an 's' before the double // .. hit enter, and as often as not, it may well work.
THE WAY BACK MACHINE .. really does go 'Way Back' and can often retrieve pages we may have thought long lost. It's very good for web historians to track how a particular site has evolved over the years. If you ever had a site of your own, for more than a few months, and the server went down and you lost all your info without any backup, you may well find it is still mostly there. If you have a broken link still saved in your Favorites, then you already have the address or URL. Just copy the link, and paste it into the search box at WAY BACK MACHINE ... the older aerial views of Hull and East Riding towns shown further below is a good example. The pages are all still there, including most of the photographs, as they were when last archived in 2007, but they're just not on the original URL of . . . http://tlfe.org.uk/air/. Paste that address into the WBM and hey presto ... all is not lost. Oh, I nearly forgot to mention, it is free. Yes, free to all comers. Once again, what a resource! And thanks to those who devised and maintain it now. The servers and hard drives must be phenomenal in size.
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
We hope this helps - it truly is an olympic site and archive of hundreds of thousands of names; and that includes BOTH World Wars; ALL 4 services including the Merchant Marine, and Civilians killed in the UK, and ALL the countries of the Empire and Commonwealth. Even if your relative was lost at sea, on a British-flagged ship, he or she will be honoured on this database. Also, if your relative was RN and on an ally's ship, eg, as a DEMS gunner an American cargo ship, they are remembered.
RANDOM ACTS OF GENEALOGICAL KINDNESS . . . I must take an early space to promote this organisation. They are a worthy cause, and need volunteers. So perhaps if someone has helped you along the road with your genealogy, maybe you could return the favour once you are up and running and help someone else out. They are worldwide, and need people everywhere, so if you're a kind person inclined to do someone else a good turn with their research and you know things that could help them out, please do give them a visit and sign up. This was the site, back in 2003, that helped me to contact Bronwen Hughes in Sydney, Australia, when I was originally looking to find the family of the fighter pilot in our graveyard. Not only did Bronwen help, she turned out to be a relative of that pilot! Another internet family history success story. Thank you, Bronwen.
Reading This Page will inform anyone about our policy regarding adding links, what type of links we are interested in, and most firmly what type of link we have no interest in. Reading it will save them, and us, an enormous amount of time.
SUTTON WAR MEMORIAL ROLL OF HONOUR
ST PETER'S WAR MEMORIAL
THE HISTORY PIN . . . another site sent to me by a friend. This is a global community collaborating around history. Where you can submit and upload historic photos of your family and tell a little of their story. Prince William of Wales has uploaded a photo of himself and his grandmother, HM The Queen. At the time of posting this link, it boasts of over 316,000 materials and memories, sent by over 52,000 users, and growing daily. Lots of historic interest up there, so worth a good browse.
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MILITARY ARCHIVES AND THE TWO WORLD WARS
LINKS TO SITES OF SPECIFIC INTEREST FOR
RESEARCHERS OF FAMILY HISTORY
do note that these links are not posted in any particular order, usually just as
I came to them; some of these near the top could be the newest.
THE HEDON MUSEUM ... Situated a little hidden away at the back of the Town Hall and shops in St Augustine's Gate, this marvellous little and growing museum has artefacts from all eras of the former seaport's history. They have rotating exhibitions throughout the year, covering a wide aspect of historical and artistic subject matter as well as an excellent and growing FaceBook page. They open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm, during the summer months through to autumn. Parking is on a nearby free car park, accessed via Iveson Close from Fletcher Gate, the main road through Hedon. But do get there early - Wednesday is also market day! The museum is tucked away on the far side of the car park; but trust me, it is worthwhile looking for this little known gem. Find the car park on Google Maps, you're nearly there, but the photo it shows is misleading ... so clicking the photo above may help as well.
SWANLAND HERITAGE CENTRE ... a relatively new (2013) but excellent heritage facility in the ancient village of Swanland. Located in the former library (that used to be the Sir James Reckitt Institute for the village), they have a display of old photos, maps and plans detailing the history of the village and the wider surrounding areas. The photo collection is growing quickly now as more are donated. For folks with heritage or old family from the area, to new settlers to the village, the display offers a fascinating peek into past decades. Manned with volunteers, as with us at The Old School, they are totally dependant on visitors. If you, or anyone you know, has 'west of Hull' rural connections, taking in that wider area from Ferriby down on the river over to Kirkella, Anlaby and Willerby, they'll want to see this display. Of course, anyone reading this who actually lives in the area and has a penchant for history, it's almost a given that you would want to get involved .. .. wouldn't you? They also have an excellent and growing FaceBook page, also accessed from the link above.
HISTORY OF HULL
HULL PEOPLE'S MEMORIAL
THE YORKSHIRE REGIMENT
HULL & EAST RIDING AT WAR This site is back; very interesting as before; thus RAF airfields in East Yorkshire, lists of aircrews lost, army units posted locally, other village war memorials and CWGC graves around the county, and much more. A local site run by a team of enthusiasts keen to see the part Hull and the East Riding played in both world wars more widely told. Whether the role of the Hull Pals battalions in the Great War, or Hull's untold suffering in the blitz in the second, this is a remarkable site, with a great wealth of interest to this area. It's particularly strong on other bodies and authorities as well as the regular military, so police and fire brigades, civil defence and Home Guard, and many other auxilliary units all have a place here. There's an extra-special focus on individual stories, as well as pages on each of the RAF stations across East Yorkshire. It will grow and grow, and well worth a visit.
HULL BLITZ MAPS - maps plotting the fall of bombs - this links to a new window and a set of 16 scans of a large streetmap of Hull, dated 1945, onto which has been entered details of the fall of HE bombs and mines for the period 1940-44. The many more thousands of incendiary bombs cannot be shown, there simply were far to many to count. Each section loads separately in a new window, and was roughly A4 in size.
NEW HULL BLITZ MAP-
RAF SUTTON ON HULL This excellent Website is devoted entirely to RAF Sutton, and the Balloon and Firefighting Squadrons stationed there over the years. It contains photos, station plan and a full history, indeed, the contents of the book by the late Leonard Bacon. With a foreword by our own Merrill Rhodes, it is as she says, an excellent read, full of humour and pathos as well as history. Having seen this new site for myself, I am in awe at the layout and clarity, and must congratulate the people at HullWebs above, who have hosted Len's pages in such a magnificent way. A fine memorial to both RAF Sutton and Len himself. To say it comes Highly Recommended is only the half of it. Enjoy! Also, we do have a copy of Len's book inside the museum for browsing by visitors.
EYFHS : EAST YORKSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY - This excellent society have an extensive archive of Census data, Monumental Inscriptions, and a full programme of events, displays, talks, etc, for the year. Their magazine is "The Banyan Tree", and they have a well-stocked shop of books, lists and maps that can be ordered online. They meet once a month and have 4 meeting venues around the county, in Beverley, Bridlington, Hull and Scarborough, all with full details and map directions on their website. A thriving society that can give you lots of assistance, also with email Help Desks; you're guaranteed to make many new friends too.
SUTTON'S HISTORIC & LISTED BUILDINGS - A Fascinating Link to a Hull City Council site that lists much of interest within Sutton village; the old houses, ancient trees, monuments, etc (opens like PDF, but hosted by the City Council). Includes references to this Old School and the Reading Rooms.
EYLHS : EAST YORKSHIRE LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY - Focussed on local history in a more general sense, EYLHS are a long established society with as wide a range of history interest as could be wished for. If it's in East Yorkshire and in the past, they're on it. They have a wide range of publications, both their own publications and others, as well as many site visits a year. Their photo gallery is well worth a browse for a variety of views from all over the county.
MEAUX ABBEY ... a private link and information - a private page by Chris Coulson detailing recent research into the history of Meaux Abbey near Wawne. Local Sutton and Wawne folk will know that the ancient story of both of their villages is all wrapped up in stories of the monks of Meaux, the founding of their abbey and then their establishment of the church of St Peter in Wawne village (around 1135, so not too far back then) and from which all the area's known history has evolved. Chris posts recent photos of the site and such as remains to be seen. His site also discusses other places in Hull and the East Riding of historical interest that viewers may well find of further interest.
SUTTON LEISURE & SPORTS
SUTTON in HOLDERNESS CONSERVATION SOCIETY
EAST HULL HARRIERS
SUTTON ON HULL STATION
SUTTON ON HULL CRICKET CLUB
THE COURTYARD - for Plants, Flowers & Ornaments ... no external web link to this excellent little business yet, but there will be. Small local plant shops need all the help they can get, and this one is a real delight, situated in a little courtyard in College St, just around the corner from the church. A vast amount of floral stock, in such a tiny space. Call Jan Lockyer on 07932 944 437 for details of what's on stock now.
FLASHBACK - issue 187 -- March2009 - from The Hull Daily Mail - a local paper of nostalgia, with many articles and photos looking back at to Hull of yesteryear. It frequently carries articles dealing with the trawling and transport industries, and many local news photographs of years ago.
THE CIVILIAN WAR DEAD INDEX
of Yorkshire, Northumberland & Durham
was started by an ex-Hessle Road man, from his home in Canada, along with a friend who is from the north-east, hence the appearance of those other counties too. There are an amazing number of Hull names on that list, strikingly so. For people NOT from Hull, who ever doubted how bad Hull was hit during WWII, then take a look at this. Additionally, there is also a list where the "Casualties Ordered by Date of Fatal Incident". So you can search and see all those folks killed the same day, in the same raids, or even by street. Just do a page search for your street to see if anyone was killed there. As an example, type "Mulgrave" into the search box. This link is repeated on the Church Links page also. It seemed it appropriate to mention it here also.
There is a published extract of just Hull casualties, the 1200 or so of Hull's War Dead. It is available from the East Riding Family History Society , and the HDM also published the full list as a tribute in their commemorative edition on May 7th.
WAR RECORDS of DAMAGED HULL HOUSES - a fantastic new resource made available at THE HISTORY CENTRE. They're not online, but available in the search rooms at The History Centre itself. They contain records of all the houses totally destroyed, damage to houses and what repairs were carried out, even damage to council-owned property like First Aid Posts and Police Boxes. Their casualty lists not only the dead, but those hospitalised and those with minor injuries attended to at First Aid Posts. It will grow and grow.
HULL AIR RAID WARDEN & FIRE WARDEN RECORDS - also at the HULL HISTORY CENTRE using the same link as the one above - another great new resource following a project that has taken volunteers three and a half years to complete. As with the photo archive above, these lists are not online; you need to go into the History Centre to access them, and remember to take your Reader's Ticket for access to the search room. But this link gives a good idea as to what may be found, and not just ARP records. The helpful receptionists at the desk can enter your relative's name into their computer to tell you if the name you seek is to be found. The wartime record cards will often be related to the company or premises of where the man worked, so you may find out something there that you never knew as well.
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NORTH-EAST DIARY 1939 -1945 - by the late Roy Ripley & Brian Pears - another stupendous site that also documents much of the heartache that the North-East underwent during those dark years. RAF casualties and crash landings at numerous airfields, ships built on the Tyne, all sorts of incidents, some of which tie in with the civilian casualties in the list above, make this an incredible archive for those interested in the Home Front of WW2 and family historians alike. Many references to Hull and the East Riding area. Enough to keep you busy all evening.
HOME SWEET HOME FRONT - a comprehensive site documenting life on the Home Front during WW2. Contains a good page on the Women's Land Army, telling how a force of 80,000 women by 1944 were working the land, literally, farming, forestry, every aspect of agriculture. Also contains pages on the WVS, Women's Voluntary Service, and Home Guard, LDV.
FORGOTTEN HEROES - The Wartime Memories Project
SUTTON TRADE NAMES IN 1892 - is a direct link to the GENUKI page that lists all the tradespeople and farmers living in Sutton in 1892 - in Bulmer's famous Gazetteer. A fascinating list.
HISTORY OF ALL HULL CHURCHES 1892 . . . again takes us to BULMER'S GAZETTEER, a mine of information for those seeking a brief history of all churches in the Hull area, as of around the turn of the century, 1900. The link takes you to Part 9 : Churches & Chapels and lists churches long since demolished and those destroyed by war, including details of St Mark's in the Groves, St Saviour's and St Peter's, Drypool, all areas of which were in the original St James' parish back in antiquity. Yes, Drypool was in Sutton parish until Stuart times, just before the Restoration of Charles I.
FAMILY HISTORY & GENEALOGY, YORKSHIRE , particularly for those researching Yorkshire families, there is a phenomenal amount of information on this Yorkshire page of the GENUKI WEBSITE ; (it means GENealogyUK&Ireland). The page specific to Sutton is: SUTTON at GENUKI . There's so much it's just mind-blowing, and this web thing has only just got started! You can use this site also as a springboard back to any UK county you want; just follow the links. Another site to keep you up all night ! Your "Other Half" will not thank me for putting you on to all this.
WAWNE - a Photo Site - several pages of old photos going back decades, with contributions by villagers; includes a set on Wawne Ferry, as well as some more modern ones in colour.
CHURCHES - UK & IRELAND - a lovely site, covering just about all counties as far as I could tell, and on which there's a lovely picture of St Peter's in Wawne. They aim to cover as many churches as they can, but when we remember there are already over 9,000 churches covered on this site, each with a photograph, and an estimated 40,000 or so churches in the whole of the UK, it is a massive task. One area in which Sutton residents may help is to identify the many 'unknown churches' from old photographs and paintings. An intriguing collection, and I know some of you will have the answers - do visit this very worthwhile site.
A YORKSHIRE SURNAMES LIST - Established 18th February 2002 by Magdalena Gorrell Guimaraens, this is a huge list of some 24,000 names already being researched. Formerly hosted on Geocities, but now here on GENUKI. You can email them to add your name - it is worth remembering here that, within the GENUKI webpages above, most counties have someone who co-ordinates a "Surnames List" - some county lists are huge, others not so big. Most invite you to submit the name of the person you are looking for, the town/village, and approximate date, and your email/postal address - eg. Brown - Hessle - 1840's-1900 - email@example.com. It's worth a try if you've searched and searched and drawn stumps.
UK PARISH LOCATOR ... this truly is a stunning little UK-wide programme, and I do wish I'd discovered it before. BACK ONLINE, though we still have it if you call in to get a copy is from us at the museum. Bring a stick and ask for it, and we'll copy it onto your stick for you and show you how it works. It's especially useful for finding parishes, and their proximity to each other, in counties other than your own. We mostly know our own counties well, and Hull and ER folk wouldn't need a locator to find even lesser known parishes around our own. But what happens when you find relatives in Cornwall, Herefordshire or Durham, or you're not even from Britain and have never been here. Unless you happen to know other counties very well too, you'll spend hours seeing unfamiliar parish names in lists before some of them will start to make sense and you realise that seemingly unrelated place names are but a mile or two apart, and often the next village just up the lane. This programme is free (it is Freeware, no subs req, doesn't come with popups or bugs ) is superb, gives a list of parishes within a set distance of the one you've found, calculates distances, tells you which compass direction, plus a map reference that can load a Streetmap showing where it is. Very useful for anyone abroad with UK links but haven't the faintest idea of where's where without actually coming here. And a must if you are actually planning to visit a lot of parishes. A brilliant time-saver for visitors. Enjoy.
ANCESTRY IRELAND - the Ulster Historical Foundation, a huge genealogical resource, is a long-established, highly reputable research and publishing agency. It offers extensive knowledge on the sources available for tracing Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.
PICTURES OF ENGLAND - a superb site of hundreds if not thousands of photos covering all counties and most towns in England. Even if you're familiar with a particular town or area, you'll still see views that will surprise you. And for those of you who would like to visit England but can't, and wonder what your family heritage town or village looked like - enjoy!
BRITISH LISTED BUILDINGS ONLINE - a private database website, being an online database of buildings and structures that are listed as being of special architectural and historic interest. As well as reading the official listing data for each building, you can also view the location on a map, and, where possible, see it in Google Streetview and Bing Birds Eye View. You can also add your own comments, information and photos and view comments and photos submitted by other users of the site. You can browse for listed buildings by country, county and parish or locality. A wonderful online resource, and should be better known and supported.
GEOGRAPH ORG UK - This has grown remarkably in the past couple of years, a site similar to the one above, but run by the Ordnance Survey - a brilliant resource of photos of just about every map grid square in the country! Dozens of photos of all towns - lots of both Hull and East Yorkshire - there's even some of Sutton! There are hundreds and hundreds of modern quality photos of Hull alone, with stupendous collections by names such as Peter Church, Andy Beecroft and David Wright. And that's not to decry the many other contributors that I haven't named. This is the one we've been waiting for - it's still free AND there's no advertising.
GRAVESTONE PHOTOGRAPH RESOURCE - a fantastic idea, a free resource that is voluntary funded. Run from their home site in Suffolk, the first few dozen graveyards to be indexed are in Norfolk & Suffolk. But the intention is to go Nationwide - dependent upon volunteers with digital cameras and the time and motivation to photograph the headstones in their county's graveyards. Can you help ? It's worth a look. And if you do order a picture, remember the time and petrol you've saved by not having to go yourself, send them a few bob.
OULTWOOD - is a Local Government Web Site Index. And not just for the whole of the UK either. Most of Europe, North America and Australasia seem to be covered - EVERY council and local authority, right down to the council tax rates and council minutes ! The point is, within each council area's own website are lots of other links useful to Family Historians - links to local history projects, family history societies, addresses and phone numbers of Records Offices, and a host more. A very useful first-step resource that should be better known, and saves the likes of us hours of searching in Search Engines. Click your county, then your local authority, and in seconds you're looking at resources and further links that you might not be able to get to without having to take a week's holiday.
These three weblinks below are to the famous
Family History Research site, Ancestry.com.
Please be clear, subscriptions to Ancestry.com are NOT FREE,
as with most other links on these pages.
It is charged for, by credit card only, and neither is it cheap.
I pay about £120 per year for my subscription, which is a 'middle rate';
it's not the cheapest, but neither is it the dearest,
which gives overseas shipping and emigration lists I have no need for.
I would ALWAYS recommend that genuine family historians should gain as much info as they can from free resources, like FreeBMD, YorkshireBMD, even the IGI run by the Mormon Church. Once you have found as much as you can, and then want to take it further, then a paid subscription may be the next course. Ancestry.com have asked for these links to be included, and I concede because they are Family History, and I use them myself, and like it. I do not use any other subscription site, so I'm in no position to advise or recommend on others. Those that want to use FindMyPast will have to source that for themselves, and that is not free either, though I understand a little cheaper. So I add these links with strong caveats; These links below will offer a little info for free , but not much. Be clear, they are designed to lead you in to offer you a paid-for subscription.
LAST NAME RESEARCH TOOL at ANCESTRY.COM
FAMILY TREE CREATOR at ANCESTRY.COM
1911 UK CENSUS at ANCESTRY.COM
(all open in a new window)
If you do decide to go for Ancestry.com, please be aware it is an American site, and as is the case with most things re American business, money is key, everything. Americans invented the expression, "There's no such thing as a free lunch." Just remember that, and you won't go far wrong. Know what you are dealing with. I'm still in too minds as to whether I should have included these or not. It's not as if they need advertising here, with all their TV coverage. But if they help you, then good. Be aware that even sending for birth, marriage and death certificates in the UK should not cost you more than £12 ... yes, some sites will do it for you, for about £24 or more. There are a lot of charlatans out there. Profits are there to be made, and the gullible will always pay much more than they need to.
There's also a small amount of space here
for more Sutton links ;
suggest some, Scouts, Guides, perhaps,
local societies, clubs, etc.
In the meantime, here's a mixed bag of a few
more local links in and around Hull,
that may be of interest to a few of you.
Here's a superb site on the
VIRTUAL TOURIST - is a portal for private people to upload their own photos of places around Britain for all to see. One member, who works in Hull and calling himself "Britannia2" - shows good quality photographs of Hull and towns in and around the wider Yorkshire area, as well as the East Riding. He has a specially good section on Scarborough.
THE VILLAGE PANTRY further along Church St, past The Duke, for a superb little teashop that also does hearty breakfasts, and catering for all small occasions. Our museum had a 'gathering' in there for all our volunteer staff, seated 21 for a slap up tea, and it was superb. Recommended. They're on FaceBook too ... see their visitors ..
GARDEN VILLAGE, HULL - links to a full history, with many old images and modern photos of the legendary Reckitt's Garden Village in East Hull. Shelagh and Walter's site tells the whole story from the original concept of a village for his workers by Sir James Reckitt, through to the post-war years of the Bradford Trust and modern times. A superb site, with more history than you could ever have thought existed.
THE GARDEN VILLAGE SOCIETY on a beautifully designed website by the pupils at Malet Lambert School for the village's centenary in 2008. Well worth a look, more history and photos on the village and the Reckitt family, all fascinating information, along with up-to-date info on current events, etc. Additionally, the former Police Boys Club is now 'The Clubhouse Community Centre' , a Grade II listed building, and hosts several clubs who meet or have activities within, including a choir and historical society. The former boxing ring has given way to several table tennis tables, but many of the former activities are still there, eg martial arts, etc. The clubhouse really has been transformed and is well worth considering as a small venue for meetings, family receptions, etc. For more details re the Clubhouse and activities within, call Rachel Abram on 01482 708104.
BROOKLANDS PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB - (formerly Reckitt's) - have their meetings on Wednesday evenings at 7-30pm in the Methodist Church Hall in Sutton. The club was re-founded in April 2005, current membership totals about 40. New Members most welcome onto the waiting list. A few preliminary photos of local Hull & East Riding scenes now in their Galleries 1&3.
DOVE HOUSE HOSPICE - a truly wonderful place. They're always on the lookout for good volunteers - drivers, admin staff, flower arrangers. Yes, even flower arrangers. Whenever I've been in, the place is always full of flowers. Someone has to arrange them all. Visit their site and see what's what.
HULL ROYAL INFIRMARY - aka HRI - AND - CASTLE HILL HOSPITAL - a couple of First Class links to our famous hospitals - the HRI link also links in to Sutton's own adopted hospital, the Princess Royal just along Salthouse Road. So many local people have either been deeply involved in raising monies for various appeals over the years, or had their very lives saved and made worth living, that any page worth its salt has to praise its local medics and nurses. Not to be missed.
THE INSTITUTE of ADVANCED MOTORISTS to gain A SKILL FOR LIFE - So you think you know all about driving? It's no accident that I've posted this link here, straight after the one to the Royal Infirmary. Being an Advanced Motorist is about staying alive - arriving safely - increasing your awareness and doing everything in your power to keep your family safe, and staying away from A&E and the Infirmary. But of course, you know this. But what about your offspring, and grandchildren. What's their driving like? Do they worry you? Maybe one or two of you may be curious enough to explore this link and take the first steps to perhaps save a life - starting with your own younger family members, perhaps even your own life. Passing the qualification also lowers their insurance, gets cheaper breakdown cover and other benefits. If this is something you've already been thinking about, there's never been a better time -
HULL TRAWLERS - links to photos. A forum for members to ask others questions on items of research, where you can find onward links to deeper detail.
QUAYSIDES - a photo gallery of a lot more ships, most with local Humber connections or interest. Links to ABP, daily sailings and sighting reports of vessels seen on the Humber, etc. Interestingly also includes links and photos to Hull's adopted warships, GALATEA and IRON DUKE. Also links to the World Ship Society.
RAF HOLMPTON - the top-secret underground Cold War Bunker, open to the public since 2007, with guided tours. A fascinating look at a hitherto unsuspected fact of life on the East Yorkshire coast just south of Withernsea. It houses the only surviving Radar Projection Table in the UK. This is one of the Command Centres that would have run the British nuclear reaction had the 'four-minute warning' been sounded. Though what use four minutes would have done for most of us, I am at a loss to imagine. However, a very Informative website.
EVERYTHING FIRE FIGHTERS - from 911 Fire Fighters to World Trade Center Firemen. Countless links here celebrating the skills and bravery of Firefighters the world over. This link appears here due to their interest in RAF Sutton as a pioneer of military aviation firefighting. We're proud to show them here.
HUMBER CARS - site has now closed. - is a case in point of a local authority either not knowing some of their own history, or else choosing to ignore it. You'd think Hull City Council would want to make more of this, but there we are. It's not generally known in Hull, but the founder of HUMBER CARS actually lived in the town for a time, back in Queen Victoria's time. Thomas Humber was born in Sheffield, but when his family moved to Hull for business reasons, Thomas attended a school in Salthouse Lane near the present Drypool Bridge for about 5 years. Thomas later started his cycle manufacturing business and moved to Nottingham, where he sold the business and site to Raleigh. Then he moved to Coventry, and that's where the manufacture of Humber Cars really began. So this link once took you to what should be held up as one of Hull's gems, the largest working collection of these superb cars anywhere in the world. So where is it - ? Yes, it's in Hull, just down Stoneferry. But not for much longer. The collection was up for sale at last hearing. At least 18 fully working Humbers, from several examples of the Pullman, down through the Snipe series to the Imperial. Remember the days of bench seats in real leather, column change and semaphore arms, doors that opened forward and a rear cabin that you could walk into and turn round. Visit this site, then drop by Reg and Alan Marshall's collection, and spend a memorable couple of hours. If you are getting married, these are the ONLY cars to be seen climbing out of ! And just for once, we had something the south does NOT have, for Londoners have to make do with mere Rollers and Bentleys - but I assure you, these Humbers are in a class of their own. That's why, up to the 1950's, they were the favoured marque of car of the Royal Family. This collection can show three examples owned by royals, including the Queen Mother and late King, and his erstwhile brother when he was Prince of Wales.
OLD CLASSIC CARS - Driven by Classics - quoted from their Home Page : "Vintage, Classic & Antique Cars - Are YOU an enthusiast or owner of a Classic Car ? If so, I hope you enjoy perusing this web site aimed at motorcar fans everywhere! The aim of oldclassiccar.co.uk is to explain in some detail the pros and cons of running a vintage or classic car on a regular basis. What do I look for when buying? How do I spot the hidden rot? Who does drive old cars now and why? Why should I consider a classic car? When is it best for me to buy or sell a classic motor?"
SPURN POINT: A cyclic coastal landform - another fascinating site; it explains how Spurn was formed, is changing, and may not be there much longer ! See why your grandchildren may not be able to enjoy the Spurn you knew. There's links to RSPB, nature watching, and the Humber Coastguard, the RNLI lifeboat station and crews, and Humber Pilots. Even a list of dates of Humber Lifeboat callouts, as well as links to other RNLI information. Lovely. This is the address of the original site that was linked here. It still works in the WAY BACK MACHINE listed above.
The "RMS QUEEN MARY" - never mind the new Queen Mary 2 - that's just an overblown ferry, no style and all publicity. Does anyone have any interest in the OLD Cunarder, former Blue Riband holder and three-funnelled Queen of the Atlantic in her own right ?
HULL DAILY MAIL - the website of this ever-popular regional evening paper. Loads of links to everything of local interest. Even a daily record of all 'Family Announcements', births, marriages and deaths, etc. There's no archive though, so you have to catch the announcements on the actual day of publication in the HDM.
STAGECOACH (Hull) CAMERA CLUB - an excellent Camera & Photographic club, with this first-rate site. It's site is maintained by Keith Bilton, who posts up monthly competition entries and winners. There are often local views of Hull and the East Riding to be seen here not found elsewhere. A high standard of photography here, and well worth a visit.
PBase - PHOTOS OF OLD HULL - another photo archive of old Hull and environs. They're coming thick and fast now - other photos in this database are more modern, around East Yorkshire and York, but sadly, this link is not a direct one. But experienced Webbers will get in by following this routine; Click the link above to go to the site, where there are several photo galleries, then click on a 'Password Protected' logo, Family2 . It's well down the page, and enter, or copy & paste this password - sw1980r - to access it. Give it a few seconds, and up will pop something like 240 thumbnails. There have been copyright issues, hence the convoluted way to access them, but this section of the site is what can only be described as a superlative postcard collection. Trust me, it's worth the trouble to access it. Who recalls the old clock in the round window above the shop on the corner of Paragon Square? If you knew Hull well, allow yourself a good half hour.
EYMS vehicle site - after the demise of Fotopic, this is the best link to EYMS I can give. Apart from the interest in the old buses themselves, the streetscenes in many of these photos are superb. Shops and businesses long since passed into history, the fashions and attire of folks in the photos, the destinations on the buses, even the route numbers - all nostalgia for the right generation.
KHCT vehicles - from the same Flikrhinvemind site and source as the EYMS pages above - similarly, lots of street scenes, shop fronts, roads and city centre scenes now altered beyond belief, plus memories of the old Coach Station of late memory, as it was called in it's heyday when that EYMS coach depicted above used to leave daily for Newcastle and Tyneside -
Hull FC - no introduction needed for the Official Hull FC site, one of two homes in Hull for Rugby League. The home of Old Faithful -
Hull City AFC - the official site for Hull's premier soccer club, the new stadium, memories of Boothferry Park, et al. Lots of football information.
HULL FAIR - pages dedicated to all you wanted to know about Europe's largest travelling fair.
HULL KINGSTON ROVERS official site - aka The Robins - the second of two homes in Hull to Rugby League, depending on which side of the river you're on. For those in East Hull, this IS the premier site. All the same, for political correctness gone mad on THIS site, best kept apart. And long may the rivalry, friendliness and good-humoured banter continue.
THE CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU - now have an excellent Website and should be consulted on all manner of legal questions in the first instance. Before you lay out expensive charges for a solicitor, check this site out. You may well get your questions answered here - or at least pointed in the right direction.
DISCOVER FINZI or MUSIC-WEB INTERNATIONAL - FINZI - are links to the English composer, Gerald Finzi, born in 1901. A much under-rated Englishman, who sadly died at a tragically early age, just 56 years ago in 1956. If you like Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, etc, you'll like this man's music. He knew, was friends with and was inspired by all their music. One of the midi-music sequences to be found on this website is Finzi's "Eclogue", all that remained of a piano concerto. The concerto has been reconstructed from other pieces he left, and this lovely piece would have been the slow movement. Or try his "Cello Concerto" for 40 minutes of sheer delight - or his "Dies Natalis" (Day of Birth), a baby's-eye view of the new world he's born into, in settings of poems by Thomas Traherne. Unbelievably lovely! English to the core! He was taken from us far too early. Another worthy Finzi site, THE GERALD FINZI TRUST , was run by Hyperion Records, and for a long while, this was the only site with a decent amount of information, record lists, etc. It is now on the same link as the one above. We have Hyperion to thank for being a sort of custodian of Finzi's memory until his recent rise in polularity, for holding the fort as we might say. If you have recently 'got into classical music', and particularly enjoy the English music that celebrates our native language and shores, this is most certainly a country lane to go down. There is so much of his music available as sound samples to be found on the web for free that you can try it first before you spend anything, but I'll guarantee you'll be searching the record stores for the full pieces before much more time has passed.
THE INTERNET BANDSMAN'S EVERYTHING WITHIN - or the IBEW - is a wonderful bandsman's resource, bands worldwide, competitions, history of hundreds of brass bands, let alone a photographic archive to die for. The Internet Bandsman's Everything Within is as comprehensive a set of brass band links and related information as it could possibly be. I'm astounded what's in there - if I can find an old 1930's photo of a band my grandad was in, in a small Leicestershire mining village, you can find 'owt ! Brilliant! It's been around since 1996, when it started out as a website for the Harrogate band. Now it's all things to all bandsmen!
MORRIS DANCING - is enjoying something of a renaissance in England right now, and rightly so. These are the real roots of our folk and dance culture. See this site for information on how to learn - or simply where to watch. Some like to go for the beer - others enjoy the dancing! This page lists links to many clubs around Britain and the world.
FUCHSIAS - very sadly, the previous link to the Swedish Fuchsia Society is no more; that society has unfortunately folded. So this is another suggestion for those already hooked, and those who think they may be tempted to get hooked. Give it a whirl and see what you think. Tips here particularly for urban gardeners, city folk, and for growing fuchsias in small spaces.
VINE WEEVILS - if you grow fuchsias, you'll certainly not want vine weevils, described by some as about the baddest of all the bad bugs you could possibly get in a garden. Do you have them? Would you recognise one, or it's grub nestled deep down in the compost? Do you know what you're in for if you advertantly bring some home in an infected pot? Do you know how to get shut of them? If not, read this discourse, and learn. I wish I had when I had the chance. Not doing so has cost me a small fortune. A knowledgeable friend on hand on the night we inadvertantly brought some weevils home in a new potted plant would have saved us a small fortune, as well as a lot of heartache.
World Directory of Towns and Cities - lists over 2 million places - gives Lat and Long, height above sea level, with further links to weather forecasts, and a mass of other information.
Hull Blitz - maps plotting the fall of bombs - this links to a new window and a set of 16 scans of a large streetmap of Hull, dated 1945, onto which has been entered details of all falls of bombs for the period 1940-44. Each section loads separately in a new window, and was roughly A4 in size.
NEW HULL BLITZ MAP - is a new INTERACTIVE HULL BOMBMAP for 2011
Modern aerial views of Hull - the actual web page is now defunct, but can still be viewed as it was back in 2007 on the most excellent WAY BACK MACHINE , a massive web archive on which most past web pages can be found. Here we have a selection of about a dozen views from around 2,000 feet. Most of the city can be seen on the various shots. Also many views of both East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, and the general Humberside area - and I use that name in the geographical context as it used to be before the name was defiled in the 1974 so-called reforms. Just as we would still talk about Thameside, or Severnside - and nothing to do with politics.
Does anyone around these parts have any interest in ships ?
See what's in Hull. Where it came from.
See what's in Valetta's Grand Harbour, or Hong Kong. Even Goole.
Click the map, use the wheel to zoom in or out, drag to move around the world.
Click a ship, and see a photo of it. There's amazing detail within.
[ed: try as I might, I can't get this to zoom in on loading and centre on the Humber, so just drag this map so you centre it
over the North Sea and go from there.]