Jewish Emigration to Britain

Arrival in Hull

Thousands of people travelled through the port of Hull during the nineteenth century. Most immigrants were bound for North America and only a small percentage remained in the United Kingdom, with very few choosing to stay in Hull. 

Those who stayed in the city generally did so because they had nowhere else to go; they had few belongings and no money to venture elsewhere. 

Rules and regulations:

New rules were created to address the poor standards and overcrowding on the emigrant ships, lodging houses and railway stations. In 1851, the Kingston upon Hull Urban Sanitary Authority was set up to improve the sanitary conditions in the city and for those visiting or passing through. 

Railway stations had to build waiting rooms for their passengers. The North Eastern Railway built a special Emigrant Waiting Room on Anlaby Road near Paragon Station in 1871, which had doubled in size by 1881. The waiting room provided special facilities for the emigrants to meet the ticket agents, wash, use the toilet and take shelter. It was meant to shelter the emigrants until they were ready to leave for their final destination.


Emigrant – Someone who leaves their home country to move overseas
Immigrant - Someone who travels to a new country to settle there
Regulations – Official rules and laws
Sanitary – Something to do with health and hygiene

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