Henry's Hull

Tudor Hull

Hull was a much smaller town in Tudor times. It was surrounded by a wall. You can still see the part of the old city walls at the bottom of Whitefriargate, where there was a gate (next to the three windmills on the old map - see also photo right and map link below for present day view). The walls went from the Humber up to the end of Whitefriargate clockwise up through Queens Gardens, behind Hull College to the River Hull. There was a chain that crossed the River Hull where it met the Humber to stop unwanted ships coming in.

Can you spot these locations below on the map?

  • Holy Trinity Church
  • Whitefriargate (East to West)
  • Lowgate (South to North)
  • High Street
  • The chain over the River Hull
  • Holderness
  • The Gardens and town farmland

There are still some buildings around in Hull from Tudor times like Holy Trinity Church, the old Grammar School (now Hands on History Museum) and the building that is now the Manchester Arms on Scale Lane. At an estimate the population of Hull was probably no more than 300. At the time, only 6% of the English population lived in towns, and 3% of those lived in London.

Tudor Hull had no running water, no bin collectors and no sewage system. What do you think it was like to live there?

Map showing Whitefriargate, Hull, site of the old city walls»

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