Henry VIII Hull Fortress rediscovered to celebrate Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology

A fortress built for King Henry VIII in Hull in the mid 16th century will be rediscovered this week as Humber Field Archaeology mark out the lines of its buried walls.

The activity, which will be open to the public Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 July 10am – 4pm, is will coincide with the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology and will include not only the marking out of the exact footprint of the old building, but also the display of some of the items found at a previous dig in the area and information about the South Blockhouse and its role in the defence of Hull from the 16th century onwards.

Pupils from Victoria Dock Primary School pupils will be on site (Wednesday) to learn more about the site so close to their school and have the chance to take part in activities with specialist community archaeologist from Historic England, Jon Kenny.

The potential development of the South Blockhouse as a visitor attraction has been included as part of the Hull Old Town Heritage Action Zone, an initiative funded by Historic England to help make heritage a key part of the city’s regeneration.

Members of the public will be able to speak to members of the Humber Field Archaeology Team about the history of the site, the finds and plans for the future.

The Blockhouse walls will be marked out again in September as part of Heritage Open Days, when some excavations will take place.