The Tudors - Age of Discovery

What did Hull look like in Tudor times?

During the Tudor period Hull would have been a much smaller town than the city it is today. As was common during this period, Hull had a protective wall surrounding it. However, following Hull’s surrender to the rebels in the Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536, Henry VIII ordered improvements to the town’s defences and had a large fort, flanked on either side by two smaller forts, built outside the town (see the map on the right) .


A few buildings from this period such as Holy Trinity Church still stand today. During the Reformation, in a bid to save its decorative statues, many of the local women are said to have surrounded the church in protest to protect it. However, as is seen by the empty alcoves on the outside of the church today, the best efforts of these brave women were eventually unsuccessful.


What kind of port was Hull in Tudor times?

Hull was a rich and flourishing portal town in Tudor times. During the Tudor period Hull benefited and grew as a result of its trade in flax, wine, timber, hemp, grain pitch, coal, lead and, of course wool. 


To discover more about Tudor Hull using original documents, look at our related resource Henry's Hull

Map link: how this part of Hull looks today»

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