Almost everyone has heard of the city of Hull in the north of England. It is the fourth largest city in the county of Yorkshire, home to Hull F.C. and the Ferens Art Gallery, and it has a thriving trade economy (Hull couriers take note!) It was originally founded in the 12th century. What many do not realise though is Hull is not the full name of this famous city which has its roots in a medieval world. Its full name is Kingston Upon Hull.
History of a Name…
As it expanded in size over the centuries (population, trade and geographically), it became so well-known across the nation to be referred to in shortened form. However, when we call this city “Hull” we are referring to the river. The city’s name is “Kingston” and the river which has served it so well over 800 years is the river Hull. But that’s ok, we know where we mean.
Standing at the mouth of the river Hull – a great place for medieval shipping – , the settlement of Hull (as it was then) quickly saw trade grow at the end of the 13th century. The monarch of the day, Edward 1, saw the great prospects of the settlement for commerce and defence and granted it a royal charter. In doing so, he created “King’s town”. To make it special among all the other “King’s towns” across Britain, it became “King’s Town Upon Hull. This then became Kingston Upon Hull. This version and the short version is recognised by Hull couriers and delivery agents across the globe.
Hull’s wool trade was originally with Europe and the Baltic countries but this trade expanded after the Americas were discovered (16th and 17th centuries). Again because of its fine maritime location, and the skills and resources of the residents, whaling and sea fishing became important trades up until the middle of the 19th century. As passenger shipping grew in the first half of the 19th century, ferry companies such as “Wilson Line of Hull” flourished.
Modern Industry for Hull Couriers
There was a great decline in the fishing industry in the 1970’s due to the cod wars but the city remains an important port. Nowadays the ferry services and the oilseed processing plant are centre stage and keep the port as a highly significant employer. In the city, industry is focussed on the chemical and health care sectors. British companies include BP; Smith and Nephew and Reckitt Benckiser. The University of Hull and the Hull York Medical centres provide superb research facilities for innovation in technology and commerce.
As port industries have declined, economic regeneration has been driven by the retail sector (the city centre now has three main shopping centres), tourism and the arts. Indeed, higher education has also played its part in raising the profile of the city.
Whereas the recession in the early part of the 21st century halted new business developments in Hull and played havoc with trade, one new innovation – the construction of a wind turbine manufacturing plant by Siemens wind power came to fruition.
Transport Information for Hull Couriers
All Hull couriers will want further information about transport. So first of all, Hull is close to the Humber Bridge which provides road links to destinations south of the Humber. The M62 provides great links to major cities such as Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool and with bus and rail services as well, road communications are good. The river and sea offer effective communications for Hull couriers and P and O ferries provide trips to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.
There isn’t actually an airport in Hull. The nearest airport is Humberside Airport which is 20 miles from the city in Lincolnshire. This provides regular flights to Europe. Leeds Bradford airport provides intercontinental flights but is 70 miles away.
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