In 2017, Kingston upon Hull, generally referred to as Hull, was the UK City of Culture. The awarding judges described their selection of Hull for this honour because the city had “the most compelling case based on its theme as a city coming out of the shadows“. But the purpose of this page is to look backward at footage of the city’s past.
Old Pictures of Hull
“Kingston Upon Hull: All Those Years Ago”
Old photographs of Hull, from a wide range of past times and locations. Set to music.
Uploaded to YouTube by Paul Mason on 11 Apr 2016
“PHOTOGRAPHS OF OLD HULL 3”
Old photos of Hull in the UK, set to music.
Uploaded to YouTube by Nickladey on 12 Feb 2009.
“Hull & Yorkshire Memories on Facebook”
Promotional video for the facebook group ‘Hull & Yorkshire Memories’. A short film of Yorkshire scenery set to music.
Uploaded to YouTube by michelle coldham on 10 Oct 2012.
Other Hull Local History Videos
“Hull: Guide and History – Around & About Yorkshire“
Uploaded to YouTube on 22 Sep 2014.
Old Photos Of Hull People
“OLD HULL PEOPLE.wmv“
Thanks to people from the Facebook group ‘Hull The Good Old Days’ contributing their old family photographs, nickladey has compiled a short film of photographs set to music.
Uploaded to YouTube by nickladey on 7 March 2012
Hull In Edwardian Times
“1902 Time Machine – Hull Circus/Fair in England (Speed Corrected w/ Sound)”
Each October sees the arrival of Hull Fair to Kingston upon Hull. It’s one of Europe’s largest travelling funfairs. At 4 pm on the Friday afternoon closest to 11 October, the fair opens. Visitors are entertained every afternoon and evening for a week, except for Sunday’s day of rest. At 12am of the Saturday eight days later, the fair closes and starts packing up. We’re very lucky to have had this tradition recorded as early as 1902, barely a handful of years after the invention of the film camera.
Uploaded to YouTube on 12 May 2015 by guy jones.
Hull During WW2
“Hull during the Blitz“
The World War 2 air raids, known as The Blitz, wasn’t just an ordeal for London. Hull was one of the many northern communities to suffer bomb damage.
Uploaded to YouTube by Duncan Grosser on 14 Nov 2008
This video is an extract from Duncan Grosser’s film “The Commando Years”, showing air raid damage in Hull, Yorkshire.
Hull In The 1950s
“Hull Docks, 1959 – Film 96504”
Sea trading at Hull started in the 13th century, and the Port of Hull is still busy with imports and passenger transport today. But the heyday of the 1950s captured in the videos below are long gone, especially following the closure of the Town Docks, Victoria Dock, and St Andrew’s Dock in the 1970s.
Uploaded to YouTube by HuntleyFilmArchives on 18 Aug 2016.
This video shows old footage of Hull docks, which are busy with the loading and unloading of many ships.
Barges amongst the larger ships. Stacks of timber being unloaded. Close up of the hull of a Russian vessel. Timber loaded into railway carts for moving off the docks. Barge named Thames, being loaded with rolls of paper for newsprint. Three men watch the rolls being lowered and help them into the barge. A man signals down with his arm. The winch operator looks down into the hull. Men man-handle the cargo with ropes. A man signals stop with his hand. Men place wooden covers over the barge’s cargo. A canvas cover is pulled over the barge and roped down. View of ships and barges in Hull docks, the sun is setting and it is quiet.
“Hull, East Yorkshire — Boats and cargo, 1960’s — Film 30162”
The port and city of Hull, East Yorkshire. Shots of boats and cargo being unloaded.
Uploaded to YouTube by HuntleyFilmArchives on 24 Oct 2013
“Docks at Hull, 1950’s — Film 500“
The fishing fleet, dockside auction, and female filleters at work in the 1950s.
Uploaded to YouTube on 2 Jul 2013.
Fish landed from the trawlers at Hull, all night, the fish comes ashore, haddock and cod.
7.30 the auction of the fish on the dockside in the huge covered warehouses. The auction, the buyers’ names dropped into the buckets. Lots of men inspect the lots, the auctioneers in full flood. Salesmen phone the inland markets. Man in white coat discusses the prices over the telephone, lots of heads talking into various telephones. Some in flat caps, some in suits. Wheeling buckets. Boats head out of the harbour. Quayside is washed down. Filleting for the local shops. Women filleting fish in a huge warehouse. Herring girls, haddock girls. The filleters at work. Boxed cod fillets. Trains loaded, BR loco no 69094 pulls out of the docks steam goods loco.
Hull In The 1960s
“Kingston Upon Hull port from the air.“
Aerial shot of port of Kingston upon Hull. Hull Docks, aerial showing a little of the town, 1960s.
Archive film 96918 – Uploaded to YouTube by HuntleyFilmArchives on 12 Oct 2016.
“King George Dock Hull, 1960s – Film 98419“
King George Dock Hull, Yorkshire – the largest dock handling large ships.
Uploaded to YouTube by HuntleyFilmArchives on 18 May 2017.
Timber from Canada is unloaded. View of the crane operator. Hollis Bros truck pulls away with its load. Stacks of timber. Grain ship in dock. View of grain elevator for unloading cargo. Men in the vast hold of grain ship seem so tiny. Grain travelling along a chute to the silo for delivery beyond the dock. Overhead view of a wool warehouse. Wide road in front of dock loading bays. Car park.
“HESSLE ROAD 1966 FRUIT SHOP“
“1966 family cine film of our fruit shop and stalls on Hessle Road, Hull. The shop was near St. Georges Road, and the stall and ice cream trailer was near Boyes. A view from the upstairs flat of “The Road”. Warning: a bit shaky.”davshelgo on YouTube
Uploaded to YouTube on 3 Aug 2013 by davshelgo.
Hull In The 1970s
“Regent Cinema Hull – 1970s“
“Leaving school at 15, I started my working life as a trainee projectionist at this Hull cinema in September 1967. By the early 1970s I was 2nd projectionist there. Here is a montage of 8mm home-movies I took over a period of time. The wages were low, the hours were long, and I loved every minute of it. Oh, the stories I could tell . . .”MrNeelix2009 on YouTube
Uploaded to YouTube by MrNeelix2009 on 2 Apr 2010.
The Kinemacolour Palace, as it was known then, opened on Christmas Eve, 1910. It became known as the Regent Cinema in 1919. The cinema was run by successive generations of the Freeman family until its closure in 1978.
The 1970s also saw the demise of many cinemas across the UK. They had once been so popular even small towns and villages would boast at least one. But the invention of television, and more importantly the ability of normal working households to buy one, gradually ate away at cinema audiences. The cost of maintaining large, beautiful, heavily decorated premises – built to live up to the name ‘Palace’ – was beyond the ever-dwindling cinema income.
The Regent Cinema building was eventually sold to local boxing legend Wally Mays, who turned it into a Roller Disco in 1980. Several years later the entire building was demolished and rebuilt as a pub-restaurant, except for the frontage, which still remains, .
“Stanley’s Travels: Ferry From Hull To Amsterdam (1970s)”
Stanley Richardson filmed these scenes on his cine camera travelling from Hull to the Netherlands during the 1970s. Stanley Richardson (1912-1988) – Adnylak’s Great Uncle.
Uploaded to YouTube by Adnylak on 4 Feb 2019
Kingston upon Hull In The 1980s
“Hessle road 1985“
“This video was never completed when we made it in 1985. It was made by the Somerset street video workshop. This is a very rough edit that we did. We never got a chance to put a soundtrack on it so the sound is raw with our voices on it. There is some music near the end but i have no idea where that came from but it does seem to work quite well. This is the only copy we have and is several generations down so the quality is not great. But if you have an interest in Hessle Road then you should find it interesting.”PAUL WHITTLETON on YouTube
Uploaded to YouTube by PAUL WHITTLETON on 2 Feb 2014
This is fascinating old footage of Hessle Road, Hull, from 1985. Includes an short interview with an elderly man about his days as a teenage apprentice on the fishing boats.
Hull In The 1990s
“Driving from Hessle to Hull Paragon Station – 1996”
A film of Robert Ambrose’s then-regular drive from Northgate in Hessle to Hull Paragon Station. Recorded on a Hi-8 camera in 1996.
Uploaded to YouTube by Robert Ambrose on 4 Jan 2016
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