We denied a king entry, sparked the Civil War, produced the first female pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia, contributed to the abolishment of slavery, and built England’s smallest window and largest parish church within a stone’s throw of one other.
We celebrate our past and want you to be part of our future.
Formed in the late 1100s by monks seeking a port for shipping wool, it wasn’t until a century later in 1299 that King Edward accidentally discovered the town of Hull whilst hunting hare. He swiftly renamed it King’s town upon Hull, or Kingston upon Hull, and for generations the town and the crown got along swimmingly.
Centuries later, in 1642, Sir John Hotham denied King Charles I entry into Hull, cutting off royal access to the sizeable arsenal stored away within its walls. He repeated this treachery later in the year, when Charles returned to collect more soldiers. These actions contributed to the subsequent eruption of the English Civil War, which would rock the nation for a decade and see the public beheading of the king.
The UK’s central port, maritime city and gateway to Europe
Hull has been an important port since the 13th century. In medieval times its trading links were mainly with northern Europe but as sail gave way to steam, Hull’s trading connections spread throughout the world. Hull was also a major fishing port until the collapse of the industry in the 1970s.
The remaining docks still thrive, and P&O Ferries run cruises to the nearby
ports of Zeebrugge and Rotterdam, perfect for a weekend away while living in Hull.