Tag: Hull Origin

Learn about the Origin of early Hull. From it’s humble begin as a monks port to the industrial metropolis you know today.

With the River Hull offering a harbour for the import and export of goods and the Humber estuary being connected to other major rivers the town of Wyke upon Hull became established and thrived. In 1279 under the reign of Edward the first (Edward Longshanks of the house of Plantagenet) Hull was granted the right to hold markets and a fair. (A fair was like a market but was held only once a year and lasted for several days). People would come from all over Northeast England to buy and sell at one. That fair continues to thrive once a year (with the exception of 2020’s lockdown) and is known as Hull fair, which stakes a claim as the oldest travelling fair.

The Church of the Holy Trinity was built by 1285, by which time the success of the growing town of Hull had caught the attention of King Edward the first, who visited and eventually gave Kyngeston (or King’s Town) upon Hull its Royal charter on April 1st 1299. The King at this time was looking for a port in the Northeast of England which he could use to supply his troops fighting in Scotland. He began enlarging the already growing town, gave permission for 2 weekly markets and an annual fair lasting for 30 days, he also established a mint in 1300, along with an exchange, where merchants could buy and sell goods.

The origin of Hull is rich and diverse.